7 Surprising Facts About Baby Boomer Health

Americans are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. But as the 76.4 million members of the Baby Boomer generation enter retirement age, many health care professionals are concerned about how urgent care clinics and emergency room physicians will be able to meet the increased demands for medical help and assistance. Here are seven surprising facts about health for Baby Boomers and how they might affect the future of care.


  1. While 59% of Baby Boomers say they track their weight, exercise, and diet, another 52% report living largely sedentary lifestyles with limited or no physical activity.

  2. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death among people age 65 and older. Regular screenings and tests are vital for early detection and treatment.

  3. By the year 2030, it's estimated that six out of every 10 Baby Boomers will be managing some type of chronic condition, including diabetes, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

  4. Only 13% of Baby Boomers consider themselves to be in "excellent health," compared to 32% of people of the generation before them at the same age.

  5. Between now and 2030, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons expects a 673% increase in the number of total knee replacement surgeries performed, as well as a 174% increase in first-time hip replacements.

  6. Many people may struggle with depression on and off throughout much of their adult lives, while other people experience it only for the first time in advancing age. An estimated 6.5 million seniors today currently report depressive symptoms.

  7. Though the current national life expectancy is about 79 years, a 65-year-old today has a life expectancy of 83 to 84 years. That's a four-year increase over the previous generation, where 65-year-old retirees could expect to live until 80.

Because the face of our national population is rapidly changing, so too must the healthcare system that supports it. Many Baby Boomers may not like to think of themselves as getting "old," but the truth is that now is the time to start taking extra care of your health. From cancer screenings to blood pressure readings and managing back pain, be sure to check in with your primary care doctor regularly, or stop in to see us at one of our many Immediate Care clinic locations.