According to a new report from the United Health Foundation, the next generation of senior citizens – the baby boomer generation – will be sicker and more expensive than previous generations. The report examines the current health status of individuals between the ages of 50 and 64, and compares it to individuals of the same age range back in 1999. On the whole, however, the results are not positive for the future generation of senior citizens.
To be more specific, the report reveals that there will be about 55% more senior citizens with diabetes in 14 years than there are now, and about 25% more who will be obese. On the whole, the next generation of senior citizens will be nine percent less likely to say that they have excellent or good overall health. These statistics indicate that the health care costs of these individuals will skyrocket, having serious implications for the finances of this generation. For example, health care costs for diabetics are about 2.5 times higher than for non-diabetics. Medicare will end up bearing the bulk of these costs, which, in turn, will pass on to American taxpayers.
Despite these drawbacks, the report held some good news for the health of America. Individuals who are currently between the ages of 65 and 80 have better health overall than individuals of the same age three years ago. These individuals are also much less likely to smoke than previous generations. Concerns about obesity and diabetes, however, did largely overshadow the results of the report.
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