Friday, June 12, 2009

Disability Reports on the Rise Among Baby Boomers in US

According to a study posted on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.5 million US adults reported a disability in the year 2005, which represents an increase of 3.4 million from 1999 figures. Arthritis or rheumatism continues to be the most common cause of disability, followed by back or spine problems and heart trouble.

The study further showed that there are approximately as many "baby boomers" (defined as ages 45–64; 17.3 million) affected now as older adults (age 65+, 18.1 million). This statistic suggests, given the size of the baby boomer population, that the number of adults with disability is likely to increase dramatically as the baby boomers enter into higher risk age groups over the next 20 years.

Read the full story on the CDC website.

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