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Baby Boomers: Here’s How Digital Health Tools Can Save You Money & Save Your Life

The digital health revolution could not be arriving at a better time. The U.S. population is getting older, sicker, fatter and more sedentary. As the population ages, and the number of people with serious chronic conditions grows, the financial strains on the economy mount. These are mammoth issues, which defy easy solution.

Boomers have higher rates of chronic disease and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age, according to a 2013 JAMA Internal Medicine study. Obesity is significantly higher amongst Boomers (38.7% vs. 29.4%); rates of hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia also are higher. Boomers exercise less than the previous generation (35.0% vs. 49.9% exercise more than 12 times a month). Half of all Boomers report zero regular physical activity.

Despite the grim outlook, there is reason to believe Baby Boomers could save the system rather than break it. Boomers are far more connected, engaged and tech savvy than previous generations. If you believe digital technology can transform the healthcare industry and that aging adults will have strong financial incentive to adopt it, then there is reason for optimism.

With increasing financial incentives and a demonstrated proclivity to embrace engaging, smart and intuitive technology, I am more optimistic than ever before.

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