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Study: Many adults feel they are more active than parents were

The first wave of baby boomer began turning 65 this year and in addition to bringing them to retirement age, the benchmark also made them eligible to begin accessing Medicare options. Still, while they might be qualified for coverage, results of a study launched by Independence Blue Cross (IBC) suggest that most older adults feel they are much healthier than previous generations.

The online study, conducted by Harris Interactive, polled adults between the ages of 55 and 67 and revealed some interesting findings. About 56 percent of respondents felt as though they are more active than their parents were at the same age. However, 75 percent of subjects believe that they need to shed some pounds to reach their ideal weight.

The research also helped shed some light on how boomers are staying healthy, with about 70 percent of those polled saying they had a physical exam in the last year.Healthcare experts hope that the results will allow them to better tailor care for the generation.

"Having clear insight into boomers' lifestyles will help us to be even more responsive to the many health care concerns of this distinctive generation, such as how they use technology and whether they value products and services that will help them manage their weight, " said Robert J. Smith, vice president of sales and marketing for government markets at IBC.

Experts estimate that about 10,000 boomers turn 65 each day, and regardless of how active they are, knowing the ins and outs of Medicare can come in handy. According to AARP, many people are unaware of which plans are best-suited to them and a recent study found that only 7 percent of beneficiaries are in the drug plan that is cheapest for them. 

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