NC forecasters spot aging baby boomers' troubles

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is preparing for a coming bulge of baby boomers who are expected to be beefier and poorer than they would like.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday the second wave of boomers now 55 to 60 years old age may find themselves in rough shape later from a combination of unhealthy living and poor personal finances.

State health statistics show that 55- to 64-year-old Tar Heels exercise less and have more strokes than younger groups. They're also more likely than any other group to gamble once or more a week and to use marijuana and other illegal drugs more than earlier generations.

North Carolina researchers say the state's over-60 population will grow by about 40 percent between 2009 and 2030, when their numbers outstrip the number of youths 17 and under.

Information from: The News & Observer

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