Fountain of youth?
By the year 2030, it is estimated that the country will include 70 million seniors, representing 20 percent of the total population. The first wave of that trend, however, is just four years away — Baby Boomers begin reaching retirement age in 2011. Certainly, that wave will include the need for more healthcare, as the frequency of cardiopulmonary disease and diabetes, among other maladies, continue to increase.
But before the onslaught, this on-the-move, stay healthy generation — 70 is the new 50, right? — is focused on forstalling the inevitability of aging. This is, after all, a group that has driven the creation of services such as LASIK eye surgery, Botox®, hip resurfacing, drive-through vaccinations, and whole-body scans. In this issue of Pulse, we explore many of the trends that are emerging as the Baby Boom generation redefines the art of growing old.
We also bring you the stories of Rita and Luis Echenique, and their $1 million gift to Community Hospital; Auxiliary volunteer Mary Benech's special holiday spirit; and our Employee of the Year Maria Cardenas.
Steven Packer, MD