Baby Boomer Generation Will Double To More Than 70 Million By 2030
According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, the number of adults age 65 and older will double to more than 70 million by 2030. The rapid change in demographics as the baby boomer generation ages will place increasing demands on the nation’s health-care system. Chronic diseases affecting physical health and cognitive functioning impact a higher proportion of older adults, decreasing their quality of life and increasing health-care costs. As the population ages, chronic diseases may affect all body systems, including the eyes, brain and heart. For example, the prevalence of blindness or low vision among Americans age 40 and older is expected to double by 2020 as the population ages. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that preventive public health strategies can help reduce illness.
A team created the Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program in 2013. By fall 2014, classes were being offered in more than 20 counties. In addition to face-to-face classes, resources are provided through a website, e-newsletter, Facebook page and Pinterest. The topics include strategies to nourish and exercise these organs/body systems: muscles, brain, bones/joints, skin, digestive system and eyes. The Nourishing Boomers and Beyond website at http://www.ndsu.edu/boomers has a monthly theme and “4 Things to Do” (links to credible websites with interactive activities), along with handouts, recipes and links to social media.
One of the featured recipes for March is Oatmeal and Apple Muffins - This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.