Boomers truckin' into old age

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 20, 2012 - 4:20 PM

The generation that walked on the wild side in its youth faces health issues. The good news is that many of the ailments have more effective treatments than ever - if boomers will acknowledge the reality of aging.

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furguson11Oct. 20, 12 9:07 PM

"...if boomers will acknowledge the reality of aging." NEVER!

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arielbenderOct. 20, 1210:04 PM

furguson11Oct. 20, 12 9:07 PM "...if boomers will acknowledge the reality of aging." NEVER!__________-Exactly! We'll be the first beat it.

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liora51Oct. 21, 12 6:51 AM

Boomers are taking care of aging parents whose historically unprecedented life expectancy has made aging up close and personal to us, their rapidly aging children. Having learned firsthand the indignities of old age while caring for my parents, I know that the two things I want changed when my time comes are to have condiments on the tables in assisted living and to have sufficient bandwidth on the wireless network that I can stream videos and have quick response time on the internet. And full cable TV because I have already watched all the Animal Planet I ever want to see.

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annsypOct. 21, 1210:14 AM

Remind me never to go to Dr. Robert Kane; for a specialist in aging, he sure has disdain and contempt for the people he is supposedly dedicated to "helping". Perhaps he should be reminded that our generation is usually still working (longer than ever due to the recession and erosion of retirement savings), taking care of very elderly parents in many cases, and often have kids still in college. Please knock off the tired "live for the moment, me generation" stuff---we outgrew that a long time ago.

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pitythefoolsOct. 21, 1212:43 PM

We of the sandwich generation (kids in college and parents in nursing homes) are living a life no one has faced before. Add that our parents are the beneficiaries of the social programs (Medicare, Medicade and Social Security) that we will see little to none of, so we can't even look forward to the level of care our parents have. I watch my parents as they suffer from Alzheimer's, in their lucid moments knowing that they have nothing left to live for. No goals. No moments. Nothing to look forward to but a slow, lingering death. They cry because they can't remember the names of their own children when we visit, and why they can't go home to the house they lived in for 30 years. Sorry, we sold the house to pay your bills, before Medicade that you paid for your entire lives kicked in. You're bankrupt. They admit they have no reason to keep living.

D@mn Palin and her "death panels." At some time, we are going to have to address the fact that science can keep us alive far longer than it can keep us living. I treat my dogs at the end of their lives more humanely than I treat my parents. I can only pray that when I get to that stage, there are legal options for self-delivery, something better than a shotgun to the head. But I know that the religious extremists will fight that every step of the way, and suspect I will die that same, dreadful, meaningless, inhumane way that my parents will.

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kfishmanOct. 21, 12 1:43 PM

I'll try my comment again. I think Dr. Kane is wrong to say that just because you are watching your health means anything to do with aging. We all have to watch our health. Embracing better hearing and health checks isn't to say one is getting older. Just embrace the change in your body and life and I find that the baby boom generation is doing just that! Good for you baby boomers! Hearing Health care doesn't have to be about aging. Cheers! Kim Fishman (Chears Audiology)

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