Fun Facts about Baby Boomers

We came across a few fun facts about baby boomers in the news today and wanted to share. There is some pretty interesting, shocking and just plain cool stuff here.

  • Currently 10,000 baby-boomers retire every day.
  • 2/3 of the human beings who have ever lived past the age of 65 are alive today.
  • The oldest newlyweds are 98 and 95 years old, together their age is 193 years. The previous record was 191 years.
  • 79 percent – Percentage of U.S. citizens age 65 and older who were registered to vote in the 2004 presidential election. Seniors make up the highest percentage of registered voters in any age group.
  • Currently people over 65 years number 483 million in the world and by 2030 the number will reach 974 million. By the year 2025 approximately 18% of the world population will be seniors.
  • There are immense benefits of increasing the life spans of people in our community. Kevin Murphy and Robert Topel made some interesting estimates on insurance pay-outs if we increased our longevity. Reducing the death rate from heart disease or cancer by 20% would be worth around $10 trillion to Americans. This would be more than one year’s U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
  • In the United States, seniors account for 40% of all prescriptions although they form only 15% of the population.
  • Keeping physically active can slow the ageing process. Exercise is the mantra to keep young and feel good. A study published in 1995 that tracked 9,777 men between 20 and 82 years found that physically unfit men who became fit had death rates 44% lower than those who remained unfit.
  • Many seniors are focusing on slowing the aging process and a study in 1995 found that the death rate of fit men was decreased by 44% compared to unhealthy adults. It is because of several studies like these that exercising with water aerobics, yoga and walking are some of the most popular senior exercises.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

– Georgetown Home Care

1. World Health Network
2. USA Today
3. National Center for Health Statistics