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Zoomer & Boomer facts

Here are some amazing boomer/zoomer facts from scientific studies and articles, presented in David Demko's book, "Stop Acting Your Age, Start Living Your Life" (Create Space 2012)

• One million boomers will live to 100 years of age. (Centers for Disease Control)

• Only one in four Americans consumes adequate servings (three) of fruits and vegetables daily. (CDC, 2010)

• The six most common causes of cognitive decline in mature adults are reversible.

• Middle-aged adults who exercise at least twice a week could reduce their risk of developingAlzheimer's diseaseby 50 percent (March 2005 study atStockholm'sGerontology Research Center)

• 28 percent of mature consumers were prescribed medications deemed potentially inappropriate by medical experts, while 5 percent received a drug that had been classified as inappropriate in all older patients. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, February 2005)

• The federal government estimates that 250,000 adults receive the wrong medication each year at a cost of $4 billion.

• The lack of positive human interaction changes your brain chemistry in a way that severely reduces your decision-making and problem-solving skills. (Social Neuroscience, November 2006)

• Laughter improves your brain chemistry, just like aerobics.

• Voluntary service increases life expectancy by two years.

• This decade, college campuses experienced a 20 percent increase in students age 40 to 64 years (U.S. News & World Report, 2007)

• Elderhostel offers more than 10,000 programs a year in 90 countries. It is one of the world's largest educational and travel organizations exclusively for senior adults.

• Prayer significantly aids survival rate of heart surgery patients. (Dartmouth Medical School)

• Spiritual grandparents are healthier and more involved with grandkids. (Penn State University)

• Retirees need 80 percent of work income to sustain lifestyle.

• 80 percent of workers do not relocate after they retire.

• 80 percent of elder care is provided by family, not government.

• Only 24 percent of boomers report being "very confident" about adequacy of retirement savings. (TIAA-CREF)

• The USA spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world. Yet, its life expectancy (80 years) ranks number 50 in the world.

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