Have Witnessed The Most Dramatic Leaps In Medical Science And Life Expectancy
Boomers have seen the most dramatic leaps in medical science and life expectancy of any other generation in history, with the average for men now at 74.1 years and for women, 79.5 years. "No one wants to admit they are going to slow down as they age, but the Baby Boomers surveyed have unbridled optimism about life, with 50 percent planning to make it beyond age 80 without serious limitation on their activities," said Dr. James Sliwa, medical director of the General Rehabilitation Program at RIC. "An overwhelming 79 percent feel they will not experience serious limitation until beyond age 70. We are delighted to know that Boomers have such high hopes, but they need to take decisive action now to turn those hopes into reality."
Over 75% Have Turned To Medical Science To Enhance The Quality Of Their Lives
Adopting a healthy, active life style is the number one New Year's resolution for most of the U.S. population. However, Baby Boomers, are no strangers to asking medical science to assist with managing the big and small challenges of growing up and growing old. They were the first generation to have braces in large numbers and the first to come of age with birth control pills. Over 75% of them have turned to medical science to enhance the quality of their lives.
84 % Would Choose Physical Therapy In Conjunction With Another Treatment To Get Well
Yet the survey indicates that many Boomers are choosing physical rehabilitation over other treatments including prescription medication, surgery, chiropractic and acupuncture, for "getting well." Of the respondents, 84 percent would choose physical therapy in conjunction with another treatment to get well.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, once thought of only for complex conditions and sports injuries, is taking center stage in the prevention and treatment of conditions that typically begin in middle age, like arthritis and back pain. "We know now that proper physical activity is imperative to keep bodies functioning, helping prevent injuries and minimizing the progress of degenerative conditions, in addition to lowering the risk for heart disease and stroke.
The Baby Boomers' demand for physical rehabilitation will reshape America's medical landscape in the coming decades," said Sliwa. "The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is already a leader in this area, with centers devoted to the treatment of arthritis, chronic pain, and back and sports injuries. This survey has shown us that Boomers intend to be on the golf course or tennis court until the end. And we will help them achieve this."
The survey, administered to 1,000 respondents nationwide - 518 women and 482 men between the ages of 43 and 57.
Source: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago