[FoRK] Global population increase coming from an unexpected direction?

Russell Turpin russell.turpin at gmail.com
Wed Oct 20 20:20:07 PDT 2010

"So many of Walmart's customers are now physically impaired that the
giant retailer has replaced many of its shopping carts with electric
scooters that allow shoppers to remain seated as they cruise the
aisles. Such sights are reflected in statistics showing that, for the
first time since such record-keeping began, disability rates are no
longer improving among middle-age Americans, but getting worse.
According to a recent Rand Corp. study published in Health Affairs,
more than 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 already have
difficulties performing ordinary activities of daily life, such as
walking a quarter mile or climbing 10 steps without resting -- a
substantial rise from just 10 years ago. Because of this declining
physical fitness among the middle-aged, we can expect the next
generation of senior citizens to be much more impaired than the
current one."

Damn it, get off your butts. Stop eating junk food. Living in a
scooter is no way to spend the final third of your life.

There's really an odd bifurcation here. Many of those turning 60, 70,
and 80 are living better than past generations, taking advantage both
of medical advances and knowledge about how to age well. Others are
succumbing to to the temptations of modern life.

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