We boomers are already healthy, right? We jog, do yoga, and take group fitness classes. We eat organic, hike, kayak, and mountain bike. And all of that certainly pays off: On average, we smoke less, have lower rates of heart attacks, and will live longer than our parents’ generation. And yet a large 2013 study found that, in some key ways, we boomers are actually less healthy than those before us, with higher average blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as higher rates of diabetes and obesity.
Staying healthy is tough for any generation, which is why the Tufts Health Plan Foundation commissioned research through the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Here are five ideas we learned that go beyond the typical “eat right, exercise, lose weight, don’t smoke” advice: