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Baby Boomers

Baby boomers, a large generation born in the 25 years following World War II, make up about 78 million Americans. As the oldest of them hits retirement age now, many have additional medical needs..

The elderly need more health care resources than others. People aged 65 and older presently make up 12 percent of the population, but they account for the following percentages in health care services:

  • 26 percent of physician office visits
  • 35 percent of hospital stays
  • 34 percent of prescriptions
  • 38 percent of emergency medical responses
  • 90 percent of nursing home use

In addition to a large generation getting more elderly, the life expectancy rate of Americans is higher than ever before. In 2010, the number of Americans aged 65 and older is 40.2 million, and that number will more than double by 2050. When that happens their percentage of the population will increase, and so will their medical needs.

About 60 percent of baby boomers have been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition. Some common chronic conditions are arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. These conditions require regular health care check-ups, taking prescription medications and making significant dietary changes.

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