Baby Boomer Population Grows to 76 Million
President Clinton turned 65 on August 19, 2011. He may be the most famous senior, but he has a lot of company. Every day 10,000 people turn 65 years old. And, according to the United Nations Population Division of the US Census, the number of people 100+ will increase 900 percent between now and 2050. Is that good or bad news?
The bad news part is that our health care system is already overcrowded. How stretched will the system be when we have 9000% more elderly people who live longer but need medical care? Can you, as one person do anything? Yes. Maybe this is the time not to ask, “How many years can I add to my life?”, but “How can I add more life (and health) to my years?.” Many of us think that age and medical problems go hand in hand. Not so. We do have control over our health, regardless of age.
Aging is not a disease. Lifestyle is what promotes disease. In your 20's and 30's you led an active lifestyle. If you’re in your 50's or 60's, you remember that was the time when gym memberships soared and 5k (and longer) runs soared in popularity. As you got older, you most likely became more sedentary – less time and/or motivation for exercise. Yet senior fitness is even more important than fitness in your twenties. Lack of exercise, eating processed food, having a negative attitude, becoming isolated all these contribute to conditions and some diseases, which we blame on the aging process
In his book, The Blue Zones, author Dan Buettner researched areas of the world that have the most centenarians.. He found a few commonalities.
1) Daily Activity – We don’t have to walk to a well to fetch water or harvest our own food. We have to invent ways get enough exercise. Around my 55+ almost everyone walks everyday. And most of them are healthy and active well into their 90's.Continued on the next page