Baby boomers are getting up there in years. For health systems, this translates into ever-rising demand in service lines that cater to a large proportion of retirees – cardiology, oncology, and orthopedics, in particular.
Moreso than for previous generations, baby boomers live longer with chronic conditions such as arthritis, high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and dementia that evolve slowly and lead to complications later in life. Heart disease, stroke, and cancer are the leading causes of death, with obesity impacting all of the above. Age-related functional impairments around hearing, eyesight, and mobility mean more resources are needed just to perform daily tasks and maintain quality of life.