10 Diseases Affecting Baby Boomers More (Besides COVID)

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  • “Sandwich generation” stress – Many baby boomers are still caring for their elderly parents, while at the same time for their own families. The stress of being a dual caregiver can be exhausting, especially for those who are ALSO working or dealing with other challenges.
  • Arthritis and joint replacement – When the cartilage that is found in between your bones at the joints begins to break down, the bones start to rub together. This results in pain, swelling, and stiffness, and it’s called osteoarthritis. Most patients that suffer from this disease are over the age of 60, and women are more likely than men to get it. In order to avoid it, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight and prevent applying excessive pressure on the joints.
  • Osteoporosis – This is most frequently found in women that are 65 and older, and men over 70. It occurs when the density and the quality of their bones have significantly decreased. It’s called “the silent disease” because many people with osteoporosis don’t know they have it until they break a bone.
  • Flu and pneumonia – These two are the top causes of death for older adults. People that are 65 years and older are at greater risk of developing complications from the flu because their immune systems become weaker with aging.
  • Covid-19 – Older unvaccinated adults are more likely to develop serious forms of the virus and be hospitalized.
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