Getting old(er)?

By Milos

getting old(er)This is the year when first of baby boomers will be turning 65. Born during the natality spike from 1946 to 1964, baby boomers changed the the world by the force of their greater numbers, their relative affluent upbringing and positive outlook they brought with them. They were the first generation to culturally connect across national borders and bring revolution to arts and humanity of late 60s and 70s. They are also the first generation born in 20th century that will have to re-design the concept of retirement.

As 75 million US baby boomers enter retirement age, some may indeed retire. But most will keep working into their 70s and odds are that majority will continue employment even pass then. Many will choose to keep jobs as long as they live – the changes in lifestyle, telecommuting, transportation options, etc are making it easier to work later in life. The bigger factor still will be the inability of most governments to provide adequate retirement income. Studies agree that the number of adults aged 65 or more, will almost triple to 1.5 billion people worldwide by year 2050. There is very little hope that the rest of world’s working population will be able to afford to pay retirement benefits for such a huge number of elderly.

Those facts combined with the unknowns on global warming are forcing us to ponder some very important questions. How long should a person work? What is the age when we can’t contribute to society any more? What do we do when we “run out of steam” and can’t hold a job anymore?

Regardless of how you answer those questions, I think you’d agree that we should all expect to work longer then previous generations did and we should also plan for that. The first thing to consider is “How long can we work?” and the answer is simple – as long as we are healthy… now you see where I’m going with this post? In my mind, it is so clear that we need to prepare for the longest life we can have but even more important: prepare for the best quality of life we can have. This is one of the main reasons I do Acupuncture and also why I blog. It is the big question I see almost every day, after all, I am a baby boomer too. I know that its important to make money, have family, spend time with friends and even help the ones in need, but all of that fades quickly when our body lets us down and when we start living with pain and limited mobility.

It is obvious (at least to me) that we need to alter our lifestyle choices and also do “due diligence” to make sure that our bodies are ready to provide good performance for many years to come. The Acupuncture is one of the best tools for preparing ourselves for that journey. Have you had Acupuncture yet?

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One Response to “ Getting old(er)? ”

  1. susan on February 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Great point Milos. I completely agree. Personally, I never want to stop working. And I definitely never want to stop getting acupuncture. The day I started getting acupuncture, I felt i was completely in control of my health…no longer a victim to germs and disease around me. Anytime I feel my body getting run down or weaker in any small way, I get acupuncture and I fell myself fill right back up again. I don’t know what I would do without it.
    Acupuncture is clearly the answer to a long healthy life. Bring on the work for many more years!!!

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