“For younger adults, health care reform has all the makings of a horrible disease, but as is typical of most national debates, the effect on them has been glaringly absent in the chatter. Although the nation’s interests are not served by pitting class, racial, cultural and social values against each other, I would like to spark a legitimate debate regarding an overlooked split — the generational chasm that is pitting Young against Old.”



“The public option, Medicare and insurance for undocumented residents are just some issues related to health care being debated in the U.S. Senate at the moment. But some Americans have other concerns surrounding health care legislation — like the depleted amount of workers in the industry. Does the U.S. have enough doctors and health care professionals as more Baby Boomer-doctors retire?”

“Linda Conti isn’t ready to hang up her business attire just yet at age 64. But the unemployed trade association executive isn’t sure she has much choice in the matter. “I feel like I’ve been forced into retirement,” says the former director of membership for a construction industry group in Southern California. “And I’m not ready to retire.””


“By next year, one-third of the United States population will be over 50 years old. That graying demographic is expected to outspend younger adults by $1 trillion in 2010. And among other things, the over-50 crowd shows the highest intent to purchase consumer electronics of any age group.”


“The AARP spent a little of its insurance profit recently putting on some dinners with consultant Michael Rogers and a bunch of 50-somethings, to talk about technology, then analyzing and publishing the results. Surprise, the AARP constituency or “market demographic” likes technology. Especially health IT.”


Accepting of Change?

“Careers today are not measured in a  lifetime but rather in years or sometimes less. The days when one went to work for one company, stayed there, retired and took the gold watch are so few and far between and in fact, is just about unheard of today.”


“According to the survey, 70% of all Americans said it was “important for me to always be accessible.” Broken down by generation, 80% of Millennials, 78% of Gen Xers and 78% of Baby Boomers say it’s important to be constantly connected. Similarly, 79% of Millennials, 66% of Gen Xers and 65% of Boomers view accessibility as a necessity.”