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New report calls for baby boomers to proactively improve their health

12th December 2016

A number of lifestyle measures that could help baby boomers to improve their health have been recommended by a new government report.

Entitled Baby Boomers: Fit for the Future, the study has outlined the impact of lifestyle choices on current and future health, mental health, sexual health, and screening and immunisation programmes among those aged between 50 and 70.

Currently, 45 percent of the disease burden in this age group is attributable to lifestyle choices, such as poor diets, smoking or being overweight. Given that people are living longer now than ever before, this is a problem that needs to be addressed.

One way of tackling this issue is for baby boomers carry on working for longer in order to keep active. This is a trend that is gathering some momentum, with more than 75 percent of people aged between 50 and pension age still in active employment.

Meanwhile, 12 percent of those older than the pension age are also still working. By 2020, it is estimated that one-third of British workers will be aged over 50.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, said: "Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this cannot be overestimated."

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