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Aging Boomers Face Higher Levels of Disability

Baby boomers in the United States are more likely than the previous generation to have a disability as they near late-life, suggest a growing number of researchers. One new study found that baby boomers (ages 49 to 67 in 2013) are living longer than people roughly 20 years older, but are not healthier. While they are less likely to smoke, have emphysema, or a heart attack, they are more likely to be obese, have diabetes, or high blood pressure than the previous generation at similar ages. Another recent study documented rising disability levels among middle-age Americans (ages 40 to 64,…

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