Baby boomers are getting richer while millennials are getting poorer — and Brexit will make it worse – Business Insider Australia

The millennial generation is now the poorest in Britain while older people are getting richer, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

The future doesn’t look much brighter. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union — a decision bolstered by the baby boomer vote — will leave economic uncertainty and reduced opportunities for young people in its wake.

While overall incomes rose by 2% in real terms between the 2008 financial crisis and 2015, the study found that most of the wealth went to the older generation.

The income disparity between age brackets makes pretty depressing reading for millennials.

Here are some highlights:

  • 22 to 30 years old — income fell by 7%.
  • 31 to 59 years old — no change in incomes since the financial crisis
  • 60 years old and over — income jumped by 11% over the period, when measured before housing costs.

The IFS looked at data from the government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)’s Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series, published on June 28, 2016. It is a survey of more than 20,000 households in the UK, which asks detailed questions about income from a range of sources. 

The income disparity between age groups is down to a few things:

1. Old people’s pensions and subsidies are healthy — during the recovery period from the financial crisis, the government “triple locked” the state pension, meaning that old people would receive a return on their pension, whichever is the highest out of inflation, earnings, or 2.5%. On top of that, they have non-means-tested subsidies on winter fuel payments.

Pensioners also get free bus travel and free prescriptions, and even a Christmas bonus. But a lot of people aged 60 and over are still working.

2. The younger generation have stagnant wages and higher living costs — in contrast to pensioners, younger people are either struggling to get into the jobs markets, despite record low unemployment, and if they do work, their wages are pretty meagre when weighing up living costs.

Millennials and those aged up to 60, do not have subsidies like older people. They are less likely to own a home, have savings, and therefore pour most of their money into rent, transport, utility bills, and food.

Brexit is going to make everything worse

The IFS warns that it is only going to get worse for young people. 

“Tackling low income is increasingly about tackling the problems faced by low-earning working households. In the short term this would be aided by a continued recovery in the number of hours worked by those on low wages or by more second earners entering work,” said Robert Joyce, an author of the report and an Associate Director at IFS.

“Ultimately substantial progress will depend crucially on economic policies that push up productivity. Economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote will only serve to make these challenges all the tougher.”

Brexit has already caused chaos — the pound slipped to 30-year lows, the stock market has been all over the place, and companies are thinking of pulling out of Britain or relocating jobs. 

The IFS warned:

“Virtually all serious analysis suggests that the uncertainty over the UK’s future relationship with the EU will lead to a smaller economy and hence lower living standards over the next few years than we would otherwise have had. But precisely how this will feed through into employment, earnings, and tax and benefit policy is impossible to predict with confidence.

“The vote for Brexit is highly likely to have a significant negative impact on national income over the next few years. But the impact on inequality will depend on which households’ earnings and employment are most affected and on the government’s tax and benefit policy response.”

And guess what? It is actually old people that can be largely to blame for this — they were the ones who overwhelmingly voted to leave the EU.

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VA reports see Hepatitis C spike in Baby Boomers – WDAM-TV

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Jackson’s VA Center is seeing an increase in Hepatitis C cases among Baby Boomers.

Infectious Disease specialists began offering HIV and Hepatitis C screenings in December of 2014, and so far 280 patients have tested positive for Hepatitis C.

The HIV/HEP C tests are offered in conjunction with patients receiving treatment for substance use disorders.

Doctors attribute the spike is linked to opioid use.

When opioids are not available, some users turn to injecting heroin.

Physicians said not all cases come from needle injections.    

“We discovered about one in five had Hepatitis C and 25% of the cases that we discovered were brand new cases,” said Jackson VA Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Mary Jane Burton. “Meaning the day they walked into substance use disorder treatment they did not know they were infected.”

VA physicians said the spike in Hepatitis C is among those born from 1945 to 1965 and screenings are recommended for all patients in that age range.

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'Millennials' pay £44k more in rent than baby boomer generation, study finds – ITV News

Under-35s will have paid tens of thousands of pounds more on rent than previous generations, a new study has found, as rent costs spiral and fewer young people make it onto the property ladder.

Think-tank The Resolution Foundation said so-called ‘millennials’ will pay, on average, £44,000 more on rent by the time they turn 30 than the ‘baby boomer’ generation – and £25,000 more than the generation above, ‘Generation X’.

Around 63 per cent of baby boomers – those aged between 50 and 70 – had climbed onto the property ladder by the time they celebrated their 30th birthday, along with 60 per cent of ‘Generation X’ers (those aged 35 to 50).

By comparison, only 42 per cent of under-35s will achieve the same thing.

A report by the think-tank analysed Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures along with data from Halifax to examine home ownership rates and rental outgoings across the UK.

It found that the extra money the younger generation was having to spend on rent meant buying their first home was increasingly difficult.

Resolution Foundation senior policy analyst Laura Gardiner said the £44,000 difference was brought into context by the £33,000 average deposit needed by people to buy their first home.

“The nation’s housing crisis is perhaps the most visible example of growing inequality between generations,” she said.

“Young people today are paying a heavy price for decades of falling home ownership. The struggle to get on the housing ladder has left many of today’s millennials renting, at a time when it has become more expensive to do so.

“Britain’s continuing failure to build enough homes means that unless we change course the struggle of young people to own their home is only going to get worse.”

It comes as the Foundation prepares to launch its Intergenerational Commission on Monday, which will carry out an 18-month investigation into young peoples’ living standards compared to those in the past.

Millennials 'spending £44000 more on rent by age 30 than baby boomers' – Daily Mail

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Millennials face paying £44,000 more on rent typically by the time they turn 30 than the baby boomer generation, analysis from a think-tank has found.

The Resolution Foundation said a combination of falling home ownership levels among the younger generation and rising costs in the private rented sector have fuelled the increase.

The young generation of under-35s also face paying around £25,000 more on rent by the time they hit 30 than the generation immediately above them – generation X.

The think-tank blamed the rise on a combination of falling home ownership levels among younger people and rising costs in the private rented sector

The think-tank blamed the rise on a combination of falling home ownership levels among younger people and rising costs in the private rented sector

Around 60% of the generation X cohort of 35 to 50-year-olds had climbed onto the property ladder by the time they reached 30, whereas around 42% of millennials manage to become home owners by the age of 30.

The report said that close to two-thirds (63%) of baby boomers – those aged over 50 and up to 70 years old – owned their home by the time they were 30.

It said: “Decades of falling housebuilding and rising house prices have reduced home ownership for subsequent generations.”

The Foundation looked at Office for National Statistics (ONS) data as well as figures from Halifax to make the findings. The calculations were made in today’s prices and the figures used cover the UK.

It said the extra money spent on renting has reduced young people’s living standards and made it harder to save to buy a home of their own.

The £44,000 extra typically spent on rent by millennials eclipses the £33,000 average deposit that a first-time buyer needs to get on the property ladder today, the report found.

Laura Gardiner, a senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “The nation’s housing crisis is perhaps the most visible example of growing inequality between generations.

“Young people today are paying a heavy price for decades of falling home ownership. The struggle to get on the housing ladder has left many of today’s millennials renting, at a time when it has become more expensive to do so. Millennials have had to spend £44,000 more on rent by the time they reach 30 compared to the baby boomers.

“Britain’s continuing failure to build enough homes means that unless we change course the struggle of young people to own their home is only going to get worse.”

The findings were made ahead of the launch of the Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission on Monday.

This will carry out an 18-month investigation, probing the extent to which young people’s living standards have been “permanently scarred”. The Commission will recommend policies to raise living standards for future generations.

A Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) spokesman said, on average, more than 140 people a day have been helped into home ownership through Government-backed schemes since 2010.

He said the Government is also committed to creating a bigger, better private rented sector, adding: “That’s why we’ve set out the most ambitious vision for housing in a generation, including £3.5 billion in Government-backed guarantees to attract more institutional investment into the sector.”

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Bob Rennie says Metro Vancouver baby boomers have clear title to $197 billion worth of residential real estate –

Vancouver condo marketer Bob Rennie brought lots of numbers to his annual presentation to the Urban Development Institute.

In a one-hour speech, Rennie said that 193,000 homes in Metro Vancouver are owned “clear-title” by someone over 55 years old.

The value of these residential properties is $197 billion. That’s up from $66 billion owned clear-title by the region’s baby boomers in 2006.

Rennie noted that $60 billion of the $197 billion of clear-title property is owned by people over the age of 75.

He suggested that these equity-rich boomers are trading down and buying second homes or recreational properties. In addition, he said that they’re helping their children and grandchildren enter the market.

“The Royal Bank of Canada is tracking first-time buyers,” Rennie stated to a full house in a Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ballroom. “Eighty percent-plus of their Vancouver first-time buyers are receiving family funds, 70 percent-plus in Burnaby, and 60 percent-plus in Surrey.

“The $197 billion is fuelling Victoria, but it’s also in Kelowna, on Bowen Island, and at Whistler,” he continued.

Rennie predicted that a coming wealth transfer from baby boomers to their children is going to have a profound impact on the housing market in the coming years.

“I see a wealth-transfer tax coming by 2020—and a huge rush to transfer wealth by the living rather than by the dead,” he forecast.

He pointed out that the regional homeownership rate of 65 percent is on par with the national average of 66 percent in metropolitan regions. And it’s far higher than the 56.4 percent homeownership rate in the region in 1986 when Vancouver hosted a World’s Fair.

Rennie also said that it’s a myth that millennials are leaving Vancouver, noting that the number of 20-to-34-year-olds rose 9.5 percent in the city between 2005 and 2015.

Rennie criticizes neighbourhood groups

As in past presentations to the UDI, Rennie took some potshots at neighbourhood activists trying to put the brakes on development.

“Neighbourhood groups seem to have lost their way and are prepared to sacrifice future generations by choking off supply and hurting affordability,” he declared.

He contrasted these organizations with the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation, which is agitating for more housing supply so that young people can continue to live in the area.

Bob Rennie says neighbourhood groups in Vancouver need more diversity.

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Later in his speech, Rennie said that in Metro Toronto, research indicated that the majority of participants in the planning process are “white male homeowners over the age of 55”. And he claimed that newcomers, including youths and renters, were “particularly under-represented” in these discussions.

“Maybe it’s time to bring in some new stakeholders into the conversation,” Rennie said. “It is seriously time to change the narrative. Neighbourhood groups require more diversity here in Metro Vancouver, too.”

He also stated that if the “narrative on affordability” isn’t changed in the Lower Mainland, there will be more candidates making antidevelopment and antidensity promises in the next municipal election campaigns.

“We will see more and more ‘no tower signs’, just like in Grandview-Woodland.”

Other factors curtail supply

He also highlighted other pressures mitigating against adding to the housing supply. According to Rennie, banks will not fund construction unless 60 percent of condos have been presold. This means that anytime anyone sees a construction crane, it means the project is 70 to 100 percent sold out.

“If a site is acquired today by a developer and requires a rezoning, the condos will not have a key put in the door until 2020 or 2021,” he stated.

Of the 1,694 new condos being completed in Burnaby and New Westminster this year, 86 percent have already been sold. In Coquitlam, Rennie said that 94 percent of the 1,107 completions have been sold. And over the next four years, there will only be 3,312 new condos in downtown Vancouver, with 90 percent already sold.

“The good news is over 4,500 West Side condos will be delivered in 2016, 2017, and 2018,” Rennie added. “The bad news is that inventory is already over 90 percent sold.”

In East Vancouver, the situation is even worse: 95 percent of the 3,500 condos coming on-stream in the next three years have been sold.

“This explains the pressure on land,” he said. “We are going to see a land sale of over $500 per square foot buildable west of Main.”

Rennie claimed that this will lead to condo prices of $1,300 per square foot in this neighbourhood.

Region deserves more attention

One of Rennie’s messages in his speech was that there’s far too much media focus on Vancouver at the expense of other cities in the region.

He pointed out that the City of Vancouver is home to 650,000, which is about a quarter of the region’s population. Vancouver has about 33 percent of the region’s jobs.

“If every person that worked in the city wanted to live in the city, the population would have to increase by 197,000,” he said. “That would be a 30 percent increase in population.”

This, in turn, would translate to an additional 76,000 dwelling units.

In a lighthearted tone, he said that this could be accomplished by building 380 30-storey towers. Or it could be achieved by tearing down 12,666 single-family homes and building 76,000 townhomes at six townhomes per lot.

“Maybe that is what we should be doing anyway,” he stated.

False Creek Flats is a major job centre in Vancouver.

False Creek Flats eyed for housing

The real-estate marketer went on to encourage the development of residential real estate on False Creek Flats. It’s a 182-hectare, mostly industrial-zoned stretch of land bounded by Prior Street, Clark Drive, Great Northern Way, and Main Street. It’s currently home to 600 businesses and 8,000 jobs, according to the City of Vancouver.

“There is currently no residential contemplated for the Flats,” Rennie conceded.

However, he said that with limited supply for new housing and with condos around Main Street and East 7th Avenue selling for $900 per square foot, it’s time for planners to re-envision the Flats as a community and as a neighbourhood.

“The Flats doesn’t have the neighbourhood group pressure of putting density into a single-family neighbourhood,” he said. “What if we could double the job goals with contemporary jobs and also build grocery stores, high-tech offices, theatres, and office towers—and as much diversified residential as possible with zero parking? Maybe 10,000 rental apartments with no parking and 500 car2gos?”

Rennie revealed that he contacted the new city manager, Sadhu Johnston, to discuss this idea in advance of delivering his speech.

“Sadhu actually said, ‘Not only there Bob. We have to look at creative uses everywhere,’ ” Rennie said.

According to Bob Rennie said that less than four percent of his company’s sales at Brentwood went to foreign buyers.

Rennie likes a spec tax, but not taxing foreign buyers

Rennie reiterated his call from last year for a speculation tax. But he continues opposing taxing foreign investment in real estate.

“A foreign ownership tax of 10 percent on a $5-million home will not stop a sale or create any affordability,” he stated. “And after six months when a foreign-ownership tax fails, it will only cause racially charged conversations to go beyond where they are now.”

He also suggested that a foreign-ownership tax could have an impact on investment in other areas, including the oil sector and the forest industry.

In addition, Rennie said that foreign students are responsible for more than 26 percent of UBC’s revenue, 24 percent of SFU’s revenue, and more than 41 percent of the revenue at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

“Can you imagine where tuition would be—where taxes would be—without foreign residents here?” he asked.

He also maintained that his company does not market offshore. And he stated that only 2.2 percent of condo sales at the Rennie-marketed Independent at Kingsway and Broadway went to foreign buyers. He added that less than four percent of his company’s condo sales in Burnaby’s Brentwood Town Centre were to foreigners.

“Nobody here needs to market in China because we have no supply—not even in the $2,000 per square foot properties,” Rennie said. “Grosvenor Ambleside is the only development achieving an average over $2,000 per square foot and they are local [buyers], even the $17-million penthouse.”

5 Ways to Effectively Market to Baby Boomers – Entrepreneur

As 75.4 million baby boomers enter retirement over the next decade, their spending power and buying habits will evolve to match a new post-career lifestyle. Adjusting marketing tactics to meet the needs of seniors is not a practice reserved solely for senior-centric industries. Whether it’s getting back-to-basics or hiring a team tailored to meet senior needs, nearly every company should be considering new ways to reach this massive market of consumers.

1. Don’t fall for the trends.

Avoid the lure of the latest and greatest marketing trends when targeting seniors. Many senior-focused campaigns make the mistake of narrowing in on caregivers under the assumption they are the decision makers for their boomer parents. It is far more effective to target seniors, the true end users, with messages that resonate with their evolving needs.

Direct mail campaigns and videos done at a slower pace with text overlay may be an archaic practice to the millennial generation, but these tactics hold up to an audience that grew up before the era of 140 characters.

Related: Social Media is Great, But Don’t Forget Old School Marketing

2. Don’t be afraid of copy.

Shorthand text and trendy acronyms don’t apply here. Reading is something retired boomers enjoy. Don’t stray from old school advertising methods that were more text-heavy than the minimalist trends of today. Seniors want to see everything spelled out in print. It’s far more important to use the right language than catchy copy, so spend the time normally dedicated to developing a creative message to thinking straightforward instead.

Address every potential question a user may have. Include the answers in printed brochures, direct mail materials, and make the information easily available on the website. In printed and online materials, keep copy clean and clear, using simplistic design elements. Testimonials and editorial advertising are effective ways to spark a personal connection between a customer and the product or service.

Seniors don’t respond to abbreviated language such as “GPS” or “24/7/365.” Think literally when creating user guides and fact sheets. When in doubt, err on the side of over-explaining to mitigate the risk of frustrating a boomer interested in learning more.

3. Be prepared to put in the time.

While boomers are more responsive to traditional marketing methods, they do not take decision making lightly. Unlike the on-demand millennial generation, baby boomers view each purchase as a commitment. Static budgets require boomers entering retirement to become wary of spending outside of their strict limits. Short-selling a product or service will not work with this audience.

Related: 4 Tips on Building Tech Products for Boomers

Seniors need to build trust with the brand. That stems from relating to other users, identifying with the product and developing rapport with the sales people they interact with when deciding to make the purchase. While a typical sales process may take one to two calls to close, expect to spend at least double the amount of time with dealing with baby boomers.

4. Get personal.

As baby boomers enter retirement, they’re faced with more free time than they’ve had in decades. Day-to-day social interactions may be reduce to just pleasantries with the mailman or brief check-in phone calls from their adult children. This presents a unique opportunity for sales teams to develop sincere relationships with customers.

The customer on the other end of the line has the time to pick up the phone, listen without a sense of urgency and really absorb the value of the product. They’re also likely to share personal stories and experiences which aids in building the rapport needed to make the sale. It is important to be prepared for a drawn out turnaround time as you focus on understanding the life of the boomer over the phone.

Related: In With the Old: Mobile Marketing for Seniors

5. Hire the right people for the job.

After laying out a marketing plan that will attract a senior audience and fill the sales pipeline, it’s crucial to build the right team. The remaining boomers in the workforce will begin entering retirement over the next few years, meaning millennials now account for the largest portion of the workforce. While gen Y didn’t have much exposure to working beneath and alongside the baby boomer generation, they usually feel a kinship thanks to deep personal connections to parents and grandparents.

When interviewing a candidate, it’s helpful to inquire about relationships with former mentors, family members and other relationships to gauge their understanding and temperament for communicating with an older generation. Individuals with strong relationships to family and mentors tend to have more patience and respect for the boomer customer, which then leads to a more successful sales process.

Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Irvington Baby Boomers: Have You Been Tested for Hep C? –

While anyone can get “Hep C,” baby boomers — those born between 1945 and 1965 — are five times more likely to have the virus.

The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends that all “baby boomers” receive a one-time test for Hepatitis C (HCV). The CDC hopes that by testing all baby boomers, it can identify an additional 800,000 people with HCV, and save more than 120,000 lives.

“The reason baby boomers have high rates of Hep C is not completely understood,” said Putnam County Interim Health Commissioner, Michael Nesheiwat, M.D., “but the fact is that 75 percent of infected adults were born in these years. Most are believed to have been infected in the 1970s and 1980s when infection rates were highest. The danger with this infection is that you can live with it for decades without feeling sick, but long-term it can cause liver failure, cirrhosis and cancer.”

Hepatitis C is a disease transmitted through blood infected with the Hepatitis C virus. It is linked to a variety of liver diseases, including liver cancer and cirrhosis. Many do not know they are infected with the virus because it can cause damage for years without producing obvious symptoms. In 2007, more than 15,000 people died from HCV. Additionally, liver cancer is the fastest growing cause of cancer deaths.

The CDC believes that an HCV test is especially valuable because of the recent development of HCV drugs. These drugs, called protease inhibitors, make HCV manageable and sometimes even curable. Several pharmaceutical companies have demonstrated interest in further improving the quality of these drugs.

In the past, age has not been included in the guidelines for HCV testing. Recognized risk factors include exposure to HCV, injection drug use, receiving blood or organ donation before screening standardization in 1992, infection with HIV, and appearance of HCV symptoms.

However, the CDC reports that 75 percent of total American adult HCV infections are contained within the baby boomer generation.

This generation has higher rates of infection than younger generations for two key reasons. First, the cause of HCV was not identified until 1989, and second, the blood supply was not regularly screened until 1992. Baby boomers may have been infected in their teens and 20’s and still be unaware of their status today.

Testing for HCV would be comparable to many other common screenings in the US, such as HPV and cholesterol screenings.

Security Habits Differ Among Millennials, Baby Boomers – eWeek

Despite a reputation for being less tech savvy than Millennials, 49 percent of Baby Boomers have antivirus solutions installed on their devices.

While 95 percent of Baby Boomers and 85 percent of Millennials are concerned with their personal online security, Boomers are taking more steps to secure their mobile devices, according to a Webroot survey of 201 Millennials and 204 Baby Boomers in the United States.
Despite a reputation for being less tech-savvy than Millennials, 49 percent of Boomers reported they have antivirus solutions installed on their devices—10 percent more than Millennials (39 percent).
Grayson Milbourne, security intelligence director at Webroot, told eWEEK the most surprising finding from the study was that less than half of both Millennials and Baby Boomers use security software to protect their mobile devices.
“There are many web-based threats which users need to be protected from aside from malicious apps,” he explained.

When asked what types of personal information they would be most concerned about if a mobile device was lost, both Millennials and Boomers (79 percent each) picked banking or credit card account information as their top choice, followed by social security numbers.

However, about half (49 percent) of Millennials were concerned about losing their social media usernames and passwords versus only a third of Boomers.
“I think Millennials feel invincible to online threats due to their younger age,” Milbourne said. “As they get older they will feel more inclined to take security precautions to protect themselves.”
While the overwhelming majority of Millennials said they want more security and data privacy, almost two-thirds (59 percent) share their personal travel plans on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
By contrast, 71 percent of Baby Boomers reported that they never share personal travel plans on social media—a difference in travel behavior that extended to mobile device loss.
While just 7 percent of Baby Boomers reported losing a mobile device during travel in the past year, almost three times as many Millennials (19 percent) reported losing a device. Both groups most often lose their devices in restaurants, cafes and bars.
“It is more the nature of social media and its attraction to young people. They just like to share everything,” Milbourne said. “As they age, however, this should trend downward to share less data through social media.”
Webroot suggests backing up mobile devices as an important defensive measure in recovering from attacks by cyber-criminals or device loss while traveling, and recommends that antivirus software is installed on mobile devices and that the subscription is current.
“An easy step is to take advantage of security software for mobile devices,” Milbourne said. “This will protect against malicious apps and Websites, which can often masquerade themselves to trick a potential victim.”

Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations – KUOW News and Information

The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over the next 14 years than previous generations, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. We’re talking about you, Baby Boomers.

The report looks at the current health status of people aged 50 to 64 and compares them to the same ages in 1999.

The upshot? There will be about 55 percent more senior citizens who have diabetes than there are today, and about 25 percent more who are obese. Overall, the report says that the next generation of seniors will be 9 percent less likely to say they have good or excellent overall health.

That’s bad news for Baby Boomers. Health care costs for people with diabetes are about 2.5 times higher than for those without, according to the study.

It’s also bad news for taxpayers.

“The dramatic increase has serious implications for the long-term health of those individuals and for the finances of our nation,” says Rhonda Randall, a senior adviser to the United Health Foundation and chief medical officer at UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions, which sells Medicare Advantage plans.

Most of the costs will be borne by Medicare, the government-run health care system for seniors, and by extension, taxpayers.

Some states will be harder hit than others. Colorado, for example, can expect the numbers of older people with diabetes to increase by 138 percent by 2030, while Arizona will see its population of obese people over 65 grow by 90 percent.

There is some good news in the report, too.

People who are now between 65 and 80 years old have seen their overall health improve compared to three years ago. And people who are aging into the senior community are far less likely to smoke than earlier generations.

“Some of these trends are very good and in the right direction,” Randall tells Shots.

She says the decrease in smoking shows that it’s possible to change health behaviors, nothing that doctors, public health professionals and policy makers used a variety of strategies simultaneously to reduce smoking.

“That’s a good model for what we need to look at to tackle the epidemic of diabetes and the big concern we have around obesity,” she says.

The study also ranked states on the health of their current senior populations. Massachusetts topped the list, jumping to number one from the number six ranking it had the last time the rankings were calculated. Vermont slipped to number two.

Louisiana is the least healthy state for older adults.

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Millennials gaining on Baby Boomers at the polls – WRDW-TV

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Millennials are everywhere and now they can vote, or not.

“I haven’t voted since Barrack was in office or since he’s been elected. I haven’t voted in a lot of the local things,” Ray Orr said, who falls in the Millennial age group.

A Pew Research Center study shows as of April of this year, Millennials and Baby Boomers both make up 31 percent of the voting population, equal for the first time. But those Millennials are not heading to the polls.

“It’s still an untapped resource and I think a lot of millennials are just very turned off by politics,” USC Aiken Political Science Professor Matt Thornburg said.

That same study shows in 2012 only 46 percent of Millennials voted while Baby Boomers were at 69 percent. It only gets worse in local elections.

“More remote elections like mayoral elections or local elections or local primaries that divergence between baby boomer turnout and millennial turnout increases,” Thornburg said.

Thornburg says there is a small dip for boomers locally.

“Every position, representatives, the local county commissioners, whatever is happening I think people need to study,” Randy Byrd said, a Baby Boomer.

But some Millennials like Nafesha Frost try to buck the trend and view local elections like the commissioner race as the most important.

“The impact on the local city of Augusta and that’s the one I see advertised the most,” Frost said.

But do not expect a heavy Millennial turnout.

“To be honest I did not even know there was a vote going on,” Orr said.

Thornburg says while the Millennials are not voting now, they could follow a similar trend to the Baby Boomers and have voter turnout increase with age.