New poll shows boomer pessimism in healthcare

Jasmine Phu

December 30, 2010

A new Associated Press-GfK poll has found that 43 percent of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 don't believe they can rely on Medicare forever, while a mere 20 percent believe their benefits will stay the same. The rest of the participants had mixed feelings, but the study highlights a startling trend as the first batch of baby boomers become eligible for Medicare on January 1, according to The Washington Post.

"The 800-pound gorilla is eating like mad and growing to 1,200 pounds," economist Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute told the news source, speaking of the shift in age demographic. "The switch from worker to retiree status has implications for everything."

Much of the controversy stems from the ever-increasing age for Medicare eligibility and the resources to pay for elderly care in the most recent healthcare bill. Most seniors are pessimistic that the government will be able to keep up the standard of care that previous generations have enjoyed.

Those who are looking to age independently and safely may want to consider a medical alarm. The devices can be programmed to remind a loved one to take his or her medication and alert paramedics in the event of an emergency.