Published on August 16, 2012 at 7:26 AM
Reuters: Insight: What If Baby Boomers Don't Live Forever
Most retirement plans and federal budget projections assume baby boomers -- those Americans born between 1946 and 1964 -- will live significantly longer than their parents have. That is a logical assumption, given health care improvements, new drugs and the long 20th century experience of ever-rising life expectancies. But there is a counter argument: boomers, beset by factors like elevated rates of obesity, cancer and suicide, could reverse or at least slow the increase in human life spans (Stern and Heavey, 8/14).
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