Americans nearing retirement report more health limitations than did earlier generations

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Susan Perry Americans in their 50s are in poorer mental and physical health — and thus have greater health-care needs — than their peers a generation ago, according to a study published this month in the journal Health Affairs.This troubling finding adds to growing evidence that the health of middle-aged Americans has not improved in recent decades, and may, in fact, have worsened.The implications of such research are significant — for individuals as they finish up their working careers and move toward retirement, for employers as their workforce ages, and for Congress as it debates whether to push back the formal ages for Social Security and Medicare by two or three years.“We found that younger cohorts are facing more burdensome...

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