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Old 12-02-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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"Contrary to their healthy living image, baby boomers are “drifting” into old age with poor eating habits, too little exercise and decimated savings, said Robert Butler, CEO of the International Longevity Center (ILC). "

This was taken from the website...Baby boomers aren't aging gracefully, expert warns

Question: do you agree? If not, why? If so, why?
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:35 AM
 
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Question: do you agree? If not, why? If so, why?
Rather than answer this question directly, I think I'll borrow a quote and respond in a way I think that you might be able to understand:


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Whatever.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:43 AM
 
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i 2nd it "WHATEVER!
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When I attended my 25th highschool reunion, I was amazed that so many folks looked really old.

Being in a room filled with people my age was weird. Just in trying to guess ages, if I had meet most of them on the street, I would have guessed that they were much older.

So to an extent, I can see where my generation is in poor health over-all.

I have been retired for 8 years so far, and I am doing okay.

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Old 12-03-2009, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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To answer YOUR question: some Baby Boomers are very healthy, some are very unhealthy, most fall somewhere in the middle. Just like Gen X and Gen Y and every other generation to come down the pike.

So, a more interesting question: OP, do you spend your time, as it seems, on the internet seeking out and cherry picking negative articles on Baby Boomers, and if so, why?
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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I find it very difficult to believe that this cohort is going to be any worse off physically (though probably financially) than my parent's generation. My parents were born just before WWI, and when this group reached middle age and old age they were boozing, pigging out on the world's most fattening foods, smoking more often than not and doing zilch in the way of exercise. And going to their funerals...especially the men, was a standard social event for the next generation's young adult years.

I think Boomers (and I am not one) have a long way to go before they beat the old folks in lousy life style....finances clearly excepted
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:43 AM
 
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I think it's really stupid, unscientific, ridiculous, inaccurate, misleading and just plain dumb to lump entire generations together as one entity.

DUhhhhh, generations overlap...there's no exact date or cut off point.




That's as dumb as saying "Americans believe..."....NO, ALL Americans do NOT believe the same things.



People of every "generation " are individuals. America might have "trends" but they are ONLY "trends" and do NOT include everyone.

And wait until you see this generation age with no jobs, no money, endless war, buried in credit,
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Well, it's difficult to both generalize and be right. Yes, there are some boomers who aren't aging well; others are doing great. Boomers in general will live longer than their parents, and not as long as their children, if the trend in life expectancy continues.

To take the general question and apply it to me specifically, I hope to live longer than my parents, and better than they did at every stage.

They both smoked; I never have. They both drank; I drank beer, and quit more than 12 years ago. They never exercised; I don't belong to a gym or anything, but I take our dog on long walks every day, do a lot of work in the yard and house, I kayak often when the weather permits, and I try to do some Wii Fit a few times a week. Over the course of the last 35 years, I've gained 10 pounds.

I'm fighting some not great family medical history, especially when it comes to heart disease, so I watch what I eat. My wife is a vegetarian, so than makes me about 2/3 of a vegetarian. I check labels for cholesterol and sodium, and take a low dose aspirin every day. I also get 7 hours of sleep every night, and sleep very soundly.

I'd like to think I'm doing many of the things I can do to have a reasonable chance of living longer and better than my parents.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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Well, it's difficult to both generalize and be right. Yes, there are some boomers who aren't aging well; others are doing great. Boomers in general will live longer than their parents, and not as long as their children, if the trend in life expectancy continues.

To take the general question and apply it to me specifically, I hope to live longer than my parents, and better than they did at every stage.

They both smoked; I never have. They both drank; I drank beer, and quit more than 12 years ago. They never exercised; I don't belong to a gym or anything, but I take our dog on long walks every day, do a lot of work in the yard and house, I kayak often when the weather permits, and I try to do some Wii Fit a few times a week. Over the course of the last 35 years, I've gained 10 pounds.

I'm fighting some not great family medical history, especially when it comes to heart disease, so I watch what I eat. My wife is a vegetarian, so than makes me about 2/3 of a vegetarian. I check labels for cholesterol and sodium, and take a low dose aspirin every day. I also get 7 hours of sleep every night, and sleep very soundly.

I'd like to think I'm doing many of the things I can do to have a reasonable chance of living longer and better than my parents.
Sounds like your doing fine.
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:04 PM
 
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The previous generation of men who died in their 50s and 60s probably were not on blood pressure and cholesterol medications, either.
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