Baby Boomer’s Impact on the Healthcare Industry

Monday, July 10th, 2006
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

A news headline search yesterday on “baby boomers” yielded over 1,600 stories across a broad media spectrum [probably more stories than normal since President George W. Bush turned 60 yesterday]. Nonetheless, no one can deny the impact that the aging baby boomer generation – about 78 million people – will have on the United States, including the healthcare system.

This month, healthcare professionals are sharing their thoughts on how this aging generation will impact the healthcare industry and how their organization is responding to this generation’s healthcare needs in the the Healthcare Intelligence Network Survey of the Month.

Despite continued health advances, the life expectancy of baby boomers could be lower than previous generations because of their high prevalence of heart disease and other cardiovascular ailments, a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report said.

This year, the life expectancy rate rose to 77.6 years in 2003, up from 77.3 in 2002. But health officials are concerned with the large proportion of baby boomers who have chronic health problems. Roughly half of the demographic has been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and two out of every five baby boomers are obese.

Share your thoughts and your organization’s approach to serving the healthcare needs of the Boomers.

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