Opinion: Baby boomers should get tested for Hep C virus – Vancouver Sun

Protesters hold placards during a demonstration called by several organizations and people affected by th hepatitis C virus (HCV) demanding the need to ensure universal access to these treatments, outside the “International Liver Congress” in Barcelona, on April 16, 2016 /
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As president of the Pacific hepatitis C Network, I’d like to expand on our organization’s thoughts on the new generation of hepatitis C treatments to build on the April 16 Vancouver Sun story, Pricey Hep C Meds an Issue.

We passionately believe the new treatment options are true game changers. We now have the tools to eliminate hepatitis C in British Columbia within a generation. The disease is one of the five major causes of infectious illness deaths in the world, along with malaria, TB, HIV, and hepatitis B.

The B.C. government has been a leader in providing access to these new therapies and deserves to be congratulated. Previous treatments were at best half as effective and took, in most cases, up to four times as long to clear the virus, while forcing people with hepatitis C to endure months of painful, life-altering side effects, with a treatment which may or may not work. These new treatments are game changers given the more than 95 per cent cure rates and fewer side effects. By targeting the sickest patients first, pressures on the Pharmacare budget can be managed. In fact, by treating people with hepatitis C now, significant future health care costs will be alleviated.

Hepatitis C is a major threat to people born between 1945 and 1975 because as they age they have 20 times higher risk than the general population of dying from liver disease and liver cancer. Canada will experience a significant increase in cases of advanced hepatitis C-related liver disease over the next 20 years and related health care costs will also increase dramatically, mainly due to cirrhosis and its complications including liver cancer and the need for liver transplantation. The costs of not treating hepatitis C are substantial.

While new treatments can’t immediately repair a person’s damaged liver, they can clear the hepatitis C virus from the person’s system and allow them to begin the path to healthy liver recovery. Such recovery is impossible while infected with hepatitis C. Someone is not going to try to fix their oven while the kitchen is on fire — they need to put out the fire first.

Often heralded as a “silent epidemic” because of its few or asymptomatic characteristics, HCV seriously affects the liver and can be difficult to treat. In fact, many Canadians living with HCV are unaware of their infection, primarily within the baby boomer demographic but also those in other groups impacted by the virus. Asymptomatic hepatitis C infection does not mean that the person is well and free from liver disease and its progression. Some people only feel sick when their liver is at a late stage of liver disease due to hepatitis C. And, some people feel ill and unable to maintain a regular lifestyle but have normal liver tests. 

All of which highlights the importance of implementing hepatitis C screening processes across the nation. 

That is why we join other voices in the Hep C community in calling for one-time screening for hepatitis C for baby boomers (those born 1945-1975). If you are a baby boomer and don’t know if you have hepatitis C, think about asking your doctor or public health nurse for the hep C test. It’s a simple blood test. And if you want the test, INSIST. Being born between 1945 and 1975 is the risk. That is all you, or your doctor, needs to know. Remember, you can have the virus and not know it. And if you do know you have the virus, make sure to have regular liver tests done to keep track of your liver health.

I am glad to see one more person gets to see her grandchild grow up due to the help of new treatments. 

Daryl Luster is president of the Pacific hepatitis C Network.

Baby Boomer Dating Sites Are Great For Shy People

Baby boomer dating sites are great. There is no way around deciding that. Online dating as a whole has increased in popularity in the last few years. And dating websites for baby boomers have increased exponentially in number in that same amount of time.

Dating sites are the wave of the future and the future is here right now. And they have some excellent characteristics that can help you find a date if you happen to be a little bit on the shy side.

The first great thing about senior internet dating is that you and everybody else who joins the website has to fill out a profile with details about you, your life, what you are looking for on the dating site and what your interests are. This is perfect for getting over that kind of awkward stage of dating where you are trying to figure out by asking questions, what the other person is like.

You can simply sort through the profiles to find people who are looking for the same things you are. Or who live close by you or are a physical type you are attracted to. You get to decide who to contact and if someone contacts you, then you can decide after looking at their profile if they are someone you might be interested in. So right up front, that entire “fear of getting rejected” thing is down to the minimal level.

Another great idea with internet dating is that you can spend some time chatting anonymously with more than one person while you are deciding which, if any, of them you want to spend more time with. Or which, you want to get to know better, or which you really don’t want in your life at all.

Because you can do this without them showing up at your front door after a bad date, you need have no fear about revealing too much about yourself while you are out on a real world date. And it almost goes without saying that online dating lets you get to know someone pretty well, at least through their written conversations well in advance of actually meeting them somewhere on a date.

Safety is always a good idea and knowing a lot about someone before you actually meet them is a very powerful idea.

Meeting someone online on a baby boomer dating website can be one of the best things that ever happens to you. And with all the advantages of internet dating over regular dating, there is no reason at all not to start right now.

Baby Boomers, Gen X, And Gen Y – Workplace Differences

Every generation is a bit different. We’re different in everything we do from how we dress, how we approach problems, how we view the world, and even how we solve problems. We are also different because times really do change. Throughout each generation there have been new technological advances. Think about it… TV’s and cars weren’t always around. Cell phones, gaming systems, and even debit cards weren’t always around. As each generation changes the world we live in, so must we change with that world. If you’re not one for change that’s perfectly fine because the world will continue to move forward with or without you.

Really the only thing that truly stays consistent is each generation’s views of the previous generation. We all have thought of our parents and grandparents as old fashioned, behind the times, and each generation has its own views on everything from work ethics to change. Even Baby Boomers were at one time flexible, adaptable to new situations, and quick to catch on to new ideas (most youngins’ are). And all older generations will think of the younger generation as incompetent, incapable, unfocused, and unrealistic – until the younger generation proves that change can be good, that we will also adapt and survive. There will always be friction between generations. That’s just how life is.

A few differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y in what they expect and require from companies:

Baby Boomers:

  • Prefer traditional workspaces – cubicles / offices
  • Does not welcome work flexibility or work/life balance trends
  • Respect is based on the position or title
  • Expects to be promoted based on longevity
  • Waits to be told what to do
  • Motivated by pay or bonuses
  • Puts their job first
  • Expects to stay with one job or company
  • Prefers technology to stay the same

Gen X:

  • Expects to be promoted based on performance
  • Values work/life balance, flexibility, freedom, and responsibility
  • Comfortable with diversity
  • Challenges authority
  • Believes respect is earned
  • Motivated by personal satisfaction – personal growth and fulfillment
  • Puts their family first
  • Expects to move around in their job or company
  • Thrives on changing technology
  • Desires frequent job and/or career training
  • Would rather work individually than in teams
  • Values authenticity – they expect change

Gen Y:

  • Toughest generation to manage (thus far)
  • Tech-savvy, well networked, achievement-oriented, and creative
  • Wants to use their own methods to accomplish goals
  • Better educated than previous generations
  • Come from more two-income and divorced households
  • Thrives on variety, challenges, and value
  • Expect opinions to be heard
  • Driven by accomplishment rather than money
  • Will seek information, advice, and stimulation from various sources
  • Team-oriented with shared rewards
  • Seeks to be mentored and coached – will ask any question that comes to mind
  • Constantly looking for learning opportunities, ideas, and situations

As you can see, each generation is different in their views, especially in the workplace. The workplace communication must adapt to the new generations and their way of thinking. If it doesn’t, then the gap will become quite large and it will become more difficult to bring multiple generations together. This world will change based on the needs, wants, and desires of the next generation… whatever those may be.

Baby Boomers: Why You Need to Get Tested for Hep C

| Anyone can get hepatitis C (Hep C), a life-threatening liver disease, but baby boomers (people born between 1945 to 1965) are five times more likely to have it. Because there are often no symptoms, it can go undetected for decades. See how one woman saved her own life by getting tested for Hep C. And learn more at

Lewis W. Diuguid: Prince's death comes as a shock to baby boomers – Post-Bulletin

Baby boomers will remember what we were doing Thursday and where we were when we got the news that Prince had died. For many it likely arrived as an alert on a smartphone.

Even the Google homepage logo was purple with purple rain falling all around it. CNN ran endless stories on the pop music icon who died unexpectedly at age 57.

His iconic high energy hits included “Purple Rain,” “Kiss,” “1999.” CNN reported that Prince Rogers Nelson was found unresponsive Thursday morning in an elevator at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn. First responders attempted CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m.

Prince had been hospitalized about a week ago after his show in Moline, Ill. His private plane made an emergency landing to get the singer medical treatment.

He suffered dehydration and was getting over the flu. He canceled some concert dates and was recovering at his Minneapolis-area home.

Prince produced some of the music that became the sound track for baby boomers’ lives, including “Little Red Corvette,” “Delirious,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Let’s Pretend We’re Married.”

Like Michael Jackson, Prince died way too soon. Jackson was 50 when he died June 25, 2009. Again, baby boomers will remember where they were and what they were doing when Jackson died.

Jackson, from the time he was a preteen singing with the Jackson Five, also helped produce the sound track that we baby boomers grew up with, danced to and had fun playing in the background as we enjoyed the company of others.

Both African-American artists — Prince and Jackson — were born in 1958.

Each defied the boxes the music industry normally would have put their music in. Their artistry was crossover writ large — too big for R&B, pop or soul containers.

Prince sold more than 100 million records during his career and won the Academy Award in 1985 for Best Original Song Score with “Purple Rain.”

There has never been another performing artist like Prince. Expect his music to be sold out in stores and played for days.

It will help people of all ages, but especially boomers, remember the good times and mourn the loss of another great musician.

Lewis W. Diuguid is a member of The Kansas City Star’s Editorial Board.

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The Baby Boomer Refrain: They’re Really Going to Miss Us When We’re Gone

American Business, say goodbye to the Baby Boomer generation as we begin our march into retirement. Yes, you are lightening your payrolls as higher paid workers leave. But, a lot of hard-to-replace knowledge and expertise also is walking out of your door. The generations that follow will be very different from what you have seen. You will not be replacing like with like. You will be getting people with very different mentalities and perspectives on life and career. So, how do the generations differ in the workplace?

THE BOOMER GENERATION (Born 1946 – 1964)

Boomers are distinctly different from the younger generations. Work is a special activity for this group. Many “live to work” versus other generations who “work to live.” Money and title are affirmations of both their accomplishments and their value to the company. However, the paradox is that while they see title and rank as affirmation of their own value, they don’t necessarily respect the title, but rather evaluate the person behind the title. You must earn the respect of a Boomer. Respect is not ascribed by position.

Because of the importance of work to this group, many are described as workaholics and their work ethic is strong. Being part of a team and being a team player is important. Boomers are involved, focused on quality, and are looking for fulfillment – a lot of which is provided by the job. Boomers are driven to accomplish, but don’t micro-manage these people unless you want a very disgruntled worker. Also, don’t ignore their accomplishments or their need to be valued.

GENERATION “X” (Born 1965 – 1980)

Generation “X” is very different in style and perspective compared to Boomers. Let’s start with a very clear difference. Talk to a Boomer about a project or task and they will interpret this as an order that needs to get executed immediately. However Gen “X” will interpret the same conversation as an observation about something that needs to get done, but not necessarily in an immediate time frame. You see, Gen “X” demand the freedom to determine when, how, and where an assigned task is completed. As a group they are very self-reliant, but are open to direction and they do want some structure in the workplace. Having said that, they very much want to do things their way, forget the rules. Providing this freedom is important if you want to retain these workers.

They are very intolerant of bureaucracy which they see as an impediment that gets in the way of their freedom. This group considers the workplace as just a job versus the Boomers focus on “Live to work.” The other important thing is how they respond and are motivated by rewards. For a Boomer, a reward provided at any point is welcome. Not so for Gen “Xers.” For Gen “X” rewards for a job well done must be immediate. Delayed rewards are confusing and do not work as well. As a group, Gen “X” is much more laid-back in respect to Boomers. Fun and informality is important. Gen “Xers” are looking for new skills and experiences and will change jobs if their employer does not offer these or if the job gets stale.

GENERATION “Y” (Born 1981 – 2000)

This is the newest generation entering the workforce and man, are they different from what you are used to. This generation grew up with everything electronic and they are wired. Preferred communication channels for this generation are e-mails and instant messaging. This group is comprised of multi-taskers with one hand on a keyboard or I-Pad and the other on a Smartphone.

At work, this group is described as very tenacious, goal-oriented and entrepreneurial. However, unlike the Boomers who “live to work,” Gen “Y” believes that work is just a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. They are motivated by meaningful work, but don’t try to give them tasks that are “make work” or trivial, because this will only turn them off. How does this group like to be recognized and rewarded: When they want it and immediately. Delayed rewards do not work. Everything in their world is instant and immediate. They are described as loyal, technologically savvy, socially responsible, and oriented towards work-life balance.


The reality is, if you are an employer, there is no best. There are only differences. But here’s the point: All of the policies and reward structures that have been in place for so long have been directed to the characteristics of the Boomer generation. As Boomers head for the exits, many of these policies will no longer work and you will need to adapt to the new reality if you want to maintain a happy and productive workplace. “Live to work” is leaving the building!

What do Millennials owe Baby Boomers? – Stuff.co.nz





No one under the age of 40 should assume that there will be a government pension waiting for them, writes Mike Scott.

New Zealand is facing tough decisions. Don’t be fooled by the wafer thin political surplus or balanced budget, New Zealand has some very big decisions ahead that cannot be put off indefinitely.

The budget is being supported by the massive immigration we have at the moment, but Auckland cannot keep adding a city the size of Napier to it every year indefinitely.

Auckland is already running out of room, houses and infrastructure and is log-jammed. Did you enjoy the city commute this morning?

Migration is masking the threats to the revenue side of the ledger. Dairy and other commodity industries are on their knees, and every country in the world thinks tourism is the saviour to the world slow down. Meanwhile, the expense side of the ledger is about to face exponential growth pressure as the baby boomers age and retire.

A cost that will fall to their children, the Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000. The same generation that is currently being excluded from the housing market, and, according to some research, the first generation to be unlikely to enjoy the same prosperity and standard of living as their parent’s generation 

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An already overloaded and strained medical system is about to be placed under a whole lot more stress as both the Baby Boomers age, and presumably require more care, and expect longevity with expensive science and medical advancements. The cost of the medical system in Australia is already running at 5 per cent more than inflation.

New Zealand will need to choose whether to fund this additional cost through increasing taxes, such as a capital gains tax or increased income or consumption taxes, or whether to prioritise medical care.

If we prefer prioritisation of medical services then perhaps, by way of example, retirees may have to either fund their own joint replacement from their assets or go without, as prioritisation is about focusing resources on maximising value, and future tax payers have more value than past tax payers. Retirees will argue that they paid their taxes, and many did, and are, therefore, entitled to state services, but the reality is that as a nation we are not paying enough.

Similarly pension costs will soar as the Baby Boomers retire and live longer. Treasury released a report, its third Long Term Fiscal Outlook, that repeats its warning to future governments that net debt will blow out to an unsustainable 198 per cent of GDP by 2060 because of the increased costs of pensions and healthcare from an ageing population, unless government change their spending or revenue. Greece’s debt was 175 per cent of GDP in 2013. Presumably Baby Boomers do not want to leave the country bankrupt as their legacy to their children.

No one under the age of 40, or perhaps maybe even 50, should assume that there will be a government pension waiting for them. Just ask the Greeks.

Instead, an amped-up KiwiSaver, similar to Australia, or social security account, similar to some Northern European countries, should be considered to move the burden of retirement from the next generation to an individual responsibility, particularly as many skilled and educated from the younger generations will need to earn some of their money and pay taxes overseas.

We have already chosen to prefer migration over our children and younger and future generations. It is rapidly becoming impossible for young people to afford a home and raise a family, particularly in Auckland, without foreign earnings and savings. As Auckland median house prices go past $900k, Auckland has by some measures become the least affordable city in the world, which does not bode well for young and future generations.

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More NZ retirees will become homeless without action on housing 

Goodness knows how Auckland will procure future teachers, nurses and police if they cannot afford to live in the city, unless there is a dramatic increase in their pay and, yes, therefore more tax.

What is clear is that Millennials will soon outnumber Baby Boomers. Totally unloved and ignored by this Government, Millennials will eventually take control of the nation from the Baby Boomers as described in the linked article above, and it is unlikely that they will be content living an inferior life to their parents, as much research suggests, loaded with debt, with poor employment and earnings prognosis, residing in poor and often squalid rented accommodation, paying rent to their parent’s generation while they work their backsides off to fund the retirement and wellbeing of their asset rich parent’s generation.  

The discontent of the young is growing.

Just look at how Bernie Sanders has tapped in the Democratic Party primaries, with the frustration of the younger generations at being locked out of the life that their parents enjoyed. While the young voting generation is still a minority, it is just a matter of time until they become the majority and even up the discrepancy between generations.

The Baby Boomers, to whom this Government pander to so much, want subsequent generations to load up on debt because it not only provides themselves with large proceeds from the sale of overinflated assets, but it means the next generations have to work so much harder to pay down the debt and pay, therefore, more tax to support their costs.

Perhaps younger generations should or will reject this expectation, and instead of the debt ball and chain, will take their education and skills to where they can best prosper, leaving the most unaffordable city in the world, Auckland, to retirees and immigrants.

I appreciate many people are not able to comprehend future challenges and structural changes, and will probably provide degrading comments of denial below, and look for candy and instant gratification at the next election.

But like it or not, tough choices for New Zealand are coming, and the changing demographic will most probably have a large say on the choices. If we don’t look out for young and future generations, then we should not expect the reverse when their generation becomes the majority. Enjoy your pension while it lasts.

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30 Scary Stats That Show Baby Boomers Are Not Ready for Retirement – Equities.com

By 2050, the number of Americans entering retirement age is expected to more than double to 89 million from the current 40 million. The problem is that more than 25% of this population has little to no savings at all. Factor in that life expectancy is continuing to increase with modern medicine, and it creates a scary picture in which a significant portion of the country’s population won’t have the financial wherewithal to live comfortably in their senior years.

In fact, 70 percent of all American workers expect to continue working once they are “retired”, while 40 percent of all Baby Boomers plan to work “until they drop”. If these statistics shock you, don’t worry, because there’s a lot more where that came from. Luckily, the people at KD SmartChair put all these alarmingly distressing facts into a visually charming and easily digestible infographic below. After you’ve taken some time to casually peruse through the cute images and big numbers, it’s probably a good idea to get your retirement plan in gear if you haven’t already. Unless of course you’re not among the 88% of all Americans worried about “maintaining a comfortable standard of living in retirement,” or the American workers who are collectively short $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire comfortably.

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