Baby Boomers Approaching Retirement in Worse Health Than Their Predecessors

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Americans in their early to mid-50s today report having more pain and chronic health conditions, more drinking and psychiatric problems and more trouble doing daily physical tasks than their older peers reported at the same age in years past according to a just released study.  A University of Pennsylvania professor was lead author of the study, published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is available for comment.

Expert:

Dr. Beth Soldo

Director of Population Aging Research Center and Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:

* Lead author "Cross-Cohort Differences in Health on the Verge of Retirement" National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper

* Distinguished scholar in sociology and research on older families, education and aging

* Publications include "Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Health of Older Americans"