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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:26 PM
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Census Report Foresees No Crisis Over Aging Generation's Health
Here's some good news.

http://www.nytimes.com/us/10aging.html?hp&ex=1141966800...

Census Report Foresees No Crisis Over Aging Generation's Health

By RICK LYMAN
Published: March 10, 2006

The next few decades will see an explosion in the percentage of Americans over the age of 65, but the economic and social impact of this baby boomer sunset may be gentler than had been feared because of a significant drop in the percentage of older people with disabilities, a new federal study has concluded.

Released yesterday, the United States Census Bureau's 243-page report on the aging population, among the largest and most comprehensive on the subject that the bureau has ever compiled, showed that today's older Americans are markedly different from previous generations. They are more prosperous, better educated and healthier, and those differences will only accelerate as the first boomers hit retirement age in 2011.

"Older Americans, when compared to older Americans even 20 years ago, are showing substantially less disability, and that benefit applies to men and to women," said Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, on whose behalf the study was conducted. "All of this speaks to an improved quality of life."

What this suggests, Dr. Hodes said, is that while many of these older Americans will eventually become disabled, it will happen later with more of the years beyond 65 free of disability an increase in what scientists call health expectancy.

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:36 PM
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1. no crisis no crisis no crisis
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Sydnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:39 PM
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2. God help this younger generation returning from Iraq!
They will have high numbers of disabilities to deal with when they get older.
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Trillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 07:56 PM
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3. A rosy senario.
Is this a prep for a raise in the retirement age for SS benefits?
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loyalsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:27 PM
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4. Denial
They're losing their hearing as much as before, etc.
It's not that the disabilities aren't there, it's that we have technology available to cover or delay more severe problems. For example, how many people do you know who have had knee surgery for something?
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