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Old 06-13-2007, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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From news reports I've seen they say the baby boomers are a lot more healthy than any generation before them. I don't know what we did that was so different.

Some estimate that we'll live longer as well. Now I've read some stuff that says we may all live into our 90s. Wouldn't that be something? What about the next generation?

At this rate we may not be considered to be older people but just middle aged.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Women in my family routinely live to nearly 100 - a scary prospect for me actually.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:45 PM
 
Location: VA
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Actually many people are in poor health now days due to obesity. I suspect this will not many people die earlier in the years ahead.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I don't know if lifespan will incrase so much, but I suspect many may be healthier into their old age. I think the smoking decrease generally offsets obesity, and many heavy folks seem to be able to lose some of the weight in their 60's and early 70's when their doctor tells them they may be nearing the end.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I am sure there will be some that will live longer than others due to health problems. That is always the case.

Just suppose that most of us lived to be 90. Wow! I'd like that.

I know I am healthier than people I knew of my parents generation ,and so are many others of my age.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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I am a few years older than the babyboomers (65) ..I think that besides better medical care and medicines that we have a different out look on aging than the generation before us. Personally, I don't consider myself old, because I feel young and still do the things I have always done. I am raising some of my nine grandchildren, so I never experienced the empty nest syndrome. I have just been busy taking care of everyone else that I don't get bored or lonely. I enjoy being around young people and children..They keep me young. As long as I am in good health both mentally and physically I would like to live a very long life
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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One unknown though which could be potentially very significant is the issue of RNA. Up until recently the understanding of cells and how they work involved DNA and protein, with RNA thought to be a communication device. Medical scientists now believe it is much more significant, and this new understanding could lead to some significant medical breakthroughs rather quickly:

"Junk" RNA regulates important cellular processes
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:24 AM
 
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I know I am healthier than people I knew of my parents generation ,and so are many others of my age.
I've noticed that, too. When I was a kid (40+ years ago), it wasn't uncommon to see people in their early 70s in nursing homes, and/or infirm and in rough shape.

Now I've got several friends in their early 70s and they're in amazingly good shape. Most of my cohorts eat their green veggies, exercise daily, take vitamins and live healthy lifestyles.

Despite the fast-food and white flour and HFCS, I think Baby Boomers might go further then the Greatest Generation in terms of age.

Not to mention, look at automobile safety! Oh my gosh, do you remember driving cars in the 1960s and 70s? Today's cars a miracle of safety compared to the old cars!

We're all "cotton-ball kids" these days, with everyone worrying about everything to do with safety.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: delaware
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living to be 100 has become more of a wish for many seniors, and with advancement in health care, preventive care, etc. this is more possible.

i have no interest in living that long or even into my nineties. it is becoming increasingly obvious that we have wrecked this planet, and the many posts on horrific weather, summer and winter, confirm this. i truly do not think there is any place, geographically, to hide from this. weather will continue to change and for most places, become more problematic, whether it be snow, ice, or hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes. i do not think any of these will end, but will continue with frequency and intensity. it's becoming more difficult to remember what a "normal" winter or summer was like. and no, i'm not a pessimist, but do consider myself a realist.

in addition to weather and climate, growing older and becoming very old-nineties- brings continual losses. most people who are that age often mention the many friends and relatives who are gone, and the few people who are left with whom they can share memories. as a geriatric social worker years ago, this was something i heard frequently.

so, at least at this point in my life, no thanks.

catsy girl
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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From news reports I've seen they say the baby boomers are a lot more healthy than any generation before them. I don't know what we did that was so different.

Some estimate that we'll live longer as well. Now I've read some stuff that says we may all live into our 90s. Wouldn't that be something? What about the next generation?

At this rate we may not be considered to be older people but just middle aged.
I read several reports that boomers are living longer, but with more chronic illness than our parents' gen. It would be interesting to compare measurable aspects of quality of life.
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