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Your Health

In a recent study published in the The Journal of the American Medical Association – The Status of Baby Boomers Health in the United Statesapple-for-health-thumb13592406 reported that the overall health status of baby boomers was lower than in previous generations.  Only 13.2% reported ‘excellent’ health when compared with 32% of individuals of the previous generation.  The researchers also discovered that twice as many baby boomers used walking assist devices, more were limited in their work by disability and about 5% more were coping with some type of functional limitation. To add to this, baby boomers were also more obese, exercised significantly less, had a higher rate of diabetes and more likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure.

In another study conducted in 2009, Canada ranked 6th in the world for life expectancy and our actual life expectancy was 81 years.  However, we ranked 11th in the world for the time of our life spent in good health – to an average age of 73 years – which would mean that approximately 8 years at the end of our lives would be spent in ill health.

This doesn’t paint a pretty picture of what is potentially in store for our future health situation and in turn our already strained health care system.  Medical science has contributed to extending life expectancy but how much fun will it be when you are not healthy enough to enjoy it.  This is definitely a quality of life versus quantity of life dilemma that we anticipate will soon become a major discussion point across the country.

We can change this.  There are things that can be done now to help improve our overall health.  From introducing weekly exercise to making better food choices, all of these small but significant activities can contribute to the quality of our lives that we will experience as we age.