It is generally acknowledged that the entry of the baby boomers into the ranks of elderly consumers of health care is likely to create major challenges.As large numbers of baby boomers cross into old age, there will be greater demands for chronic health care and for meeting the special needs posed by the “graying of disability”—people with disabilities living longer than they did in centuries past.
The coming changes in health care needs are generally conceptualized in terms of increasing demand and need for responsiveness by overburdened health care professionals .
But acknowledging only the growing demand for care and the inadequacy of our current system to meet it ignores the advantages of having a new breed of elderly patients.
Such research however, is not only concerned with satisfaction but also with dissatisfaction.
The concepts of pessimism and optimism are used in this paper to determine feelings of satisfaction and dissatisfaction among an elite cohort of baby boom Australians.
In the early 2010s, the first cadre of baby boomers, born after World War II, turned 65, making them officially senior citizens, and many more are joining their ranks every day.
Members of the baby boomer generation are also playing a growing role in long-term care of the oldest old .
Growing numbers of them are caregivers to their parents.
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