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Baby boomers opting for alternative health care

Phyllis Hanlon
Phyllis Hanlon

As of July 1, 2011, baby boomers in the U.S. numbered 41.4 million, representing 13.3 percent of the population. By 2060, that figure is expected to skyrocket to 92 million. This generation has exerted significant influence on the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of life and now, as it moves into and beyond the 65-year mark, is targeting health care.

The average 65-year old American is diagnosed with multiple medical issues that may include hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, according to an infographic assembled by Concordia University.

While many boomers still rely on traditional Western medicine, a greater number are looking for complementary and alternative solutions to address these issues.

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