‘A massive generation of sick people.’ Those are the words Reuben Greg Brewer used when blogging about the recent JAMA study which found that today’s baby boomers are sicker than their parents were at the same age, suffering from chronic illness and disability related to:
How often I have heard my own mother say (who is now 80 and who just underwent her third joint replacement surgery), “These pills are keeping me alive.”
While the gist of Mr. Brewer’s blog trumpets health-field related investment opportunities for the savvy (Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Teva Pharmaceuticals, CVS Caremark), it really is a sad commentary on the general state of health in these modern times, to find that today’s baby boomers are sicker than their parents were at the same age. It is also a confirmation that chronic illness is big business in the Western world.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Research about the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and stress is not new, by any means.
Why have we as a society bought into the illusion of “the magic pill?”
Why have the majority of people refused to take responsibility for their own health and wellness?
We are finite beings. We have limitations. We wear out.
What changes are you willing to make now, today, to improve your chances of aging well? Although your body is ready, willing and able to restore function and mobility, beware of waiting too long.
A final thought, will you invest in yourself and/or in health-related companies on the stock exchange, each offering a unique ‘golden opportunity’?