Quote from HouTx
Stereotype much?? Boomer here. That isn't even vaguely close to describing me or anyone I know. I wonder if it's a regional thing? One thing for sure, we want to be active participants in our care. We aren't afraid to insist on explanations & tend to get very grumpy with condescending attitudes about "old people", whether it's from our auto mechanic or health care provider.
I am sorry that it hurts your feelings but facts are here:
Medscape: Medscape Access
1 out of 5 has DIAGNOSED diabetes, 40% obese, >50% prevalence of DIAGNOSED HTN. That's not cancer or OA. These are classical diseases brought up by indulgences of modern American lifestyle. Yet, for every chronic disease except Alzheimer, the life expectation is increasing - in other words, these people live longer despite of being chronically sick. The expendures from all sources to support all those people are rising accordingly. Despite of several causes for cautious optimism, like more seniors hitting gyms and less of them smoking (which gave some the thought abouut naming boomers "the healthiest generation": The Status of Baby Boomers' Health in the United States | Cardiology | JAMA Internal Medicine | The JAMA Network
) there is still a fact: this generation contains a lot of chronically sick people.
Now, if you ask where all these sick people go to, you'll see precisely what Commuter said: according to Medicare (2013), out of 10.000 beneficiaries, 930 receied Home health Skilled care, 670 were in SNF, 99.7 inpatient rehab and 36.8 in LTACH (the latter part not being even in existence 30 years ago, as there were no such thing as "critically chronically sick"). Overall, out of 10.000 Medicare beneficiaries, in 2013 over 17% received continous
medical care, without which they wouldn't last long (JAMDA
Possibly by pure accidence, the rate of hospitalization among patients from 45 to 85 due to opioid overdoses increased 500% from 2003 to 2012, and rate of deaths due to "ma' pain pills" increased 700%. Baby Boomer Retirement: Dangerous Prescription Painkiller Addictions - Opioids
Also meanwhile, the definition of "polypharmacy" is taking more than 4 Rx meds (A Baby Boomer’s New Year Resolution: Ask Your Doctor about Your Medicines : SLU
). This is an average number taken by a 50 y/o man per day (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1646705.html
I did my last semester clinical in rural Michigan in a IM clinic with 70% Medicare/Medicaid population. The mean age was around 57, and the mean number of drugs per patient on an audit was 7, with 60% of patients receiving at least one with high addiction potential. In my current place, we normally have boomers supposed to take 40 to 50 pills a day, thanks to local "teaching facility". We had to refuse to see a few patients every working day because they demand all their "pain and nerve pills" to be filled at once for 3 months or so while they are going to Arisona.
You may be not like these people (like I am absolutely not so many women of my generation), but the facts are here: too many Boomers are getting sick and sicker, and now this is too late to do anything effective with that. Their HTN, DM and such had to be treated in 1990th at the latest to get some positive outcomes.