Baby Boomer Health Dynamics: How are We Aging?

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University of Toronto Press, 01‏/01‏/2005 - 253 من الصفحات
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Are the baby boomers in Canada more or less healthy than previous generations? What are the implications of this for the national health care system? Baby Boomer Health Dynamic responds to the growing interest in the generation that makes up over one-third of the Canadian population - the largest segment of society - with the leading edge reaching their sixty-fifth birthday in 2011 and eighty-five by 2031.

Focusing on four health behaviours that have been proven to be major risk factors for disease: smoking, unhealthy exercise, obesity, and heavy drinking - Andrew V. Wister researches the long-term implications of several key lifestyle-health conundrums, most notably the paradoxical relationship in the concurrent trends over the last two decades of increased exercise levels and a significant rise in obesity. This invariably leads to questions about the eating habits of North Americans, and in particular, the quantity and quality of fast-food and convenience-food consumption. Recent public declarations by a number of health organizations and institutes that we are experiencing an obesity crisis, and moreover, that obesity is the 'new tobacco' makes Baby Boomer Health Dynamics both timely and topical.

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The Baby Boomer Phenomenon
3
Baby Boomers and Population Health
13
Linking Lifestyle Behaviours and Health
39
Data Sources and Data Analyses
51
Changes in Healthy Lifestyles for the Canadian Population
66
A Population Health Problem
86
Population Changes in Health Status and Health Utilization
95
Comparative Health Dynamics of Baby Boomers
119
Socioeconomic Status Region and ForeignBorn Status
132
Summarizing Population and Baby Boomer Health Dynamics
155
Explicating Two LifestyleHealth Paradoxes
165
Health Policy Relevance Future Scenarios and Conclusions
182
Appendix
201
References
225
Index
241
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Andrew V. Wister is the chair of the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University.

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