Will baby boomers dreams for later life come true?
Maybe not, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Without lifestyle changes now, many baby boomers face a decade of heart disease, stroke, sickness and disability in their later years.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada released a video today, entitled: Make Health Last: What will your last 10 years look like? warning that without immediate action, baby boomers may spend their last years in sickness, disability and immobility.
The video supports the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2013 Report on the Health of Canadians (PDF) titled Reality Check, a document that gives baby boomers an analysis of their current health status, and what needs to be done to improve it.
Although Canadians are living longer, according to Statistics Canada, on average, there’s a 10-year gap between how long we live, and how long we live in health. This gap is mainly due to heart disease, stroke and other chronic conditions.
And according to a new Heart and Stroke Foundation poll, while 80 per cent of Canadian boomers think their doctors would rate them as healthy, their self-reported lifestyle choices show otherwise.
In addition to the video and report, Canadians can visit the Heart & Stroke Foundation web site Make Health Last to assess their own health situation. The site offers insight and resources to help boomers get their lifestyle on track to ensure they don’t spend much of their last years in sickness.