The New American Dream: Work Longer, Live Sicker, Die Sooner

With stagnant wages, rising cost of living (see shelter inflation), and a lack of savings, Americans are retiring later than ever before (if at all). But in a double-whammy for seniors, whose health is declining, their lifespans are shrinking offering them little if any time to enjoy the end of the American Dream walking hand in hand into the sunset on a faraway beach...

As Bloomberg reports, data released last week suggest Americans’ health is declining and millions of middle-age workers face the prospect of shorter, and less active, retirements than their parents enjoyed.

Here are the stats:

The U.S. age-adjusted mortality rate - a measure of the number of deaths per year - rose 1.2 percent from 2014 to 2015according to the Society of Actuaries.

That’s the first year-over-year increase since 2005, and only the second rise greater than 1 percent since 1980.

At the same time that Americans’ life expectancy is stalling, public policy and career tracks mean millions of U.S. workers are waiting longer to call it quits.

Almost one in three Americans age 65 to 69 is still working, along with almost one in five in their early 70s.

And finally, Americans in their late 50s already have more serious health problems than people at the same ages did 10 to 15 years ago, according to the journal Health Affairs.

Bloomberg's Ben Steverman points out that researchers have offered many theories for why Americans’ health is getting worse. Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize winner, have argued that an epidemic of suicide, drug overdoses and alcohol abuse have caused a spike in death rates among middle-age whites.

Higher rates of obesity may also be taking their toll. And Americans may have already seen most of the benefits from previous positive developments that cut the death rate, such as a decline in smoking and medical advances like statins that fight cardiovascular disease.

So there you have it - The New American Dream: Work Longer, Live Sicker, Die Sooner...


Giant Meteor loebster Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:01 Permalink

Most all, self inflicted I assure you. Any other conclusion tends to lead to victimhood. In my own case it took many years to realize who the real enemy was, and it was to a stark realization, seeing my own reflection in the mirror ..The good news is, once the bridge is successfully crossed, problems become opportunity .. things to be mastered ..Fear not 

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J S Bach FreeShitter Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:10 Permalink

"The New American Dream: Work Longer, Live Sicker, Die Sooner"Yes... it's the natural progression.  When people live lies... live beyond their means... live according to unattainable and unnatural "dreams"... then the resultant consequences or whiplash will be suffering - by both themselves and their descendants.  The compost must break down.  The fertilizer (their failure and thus, wisdom gleaned) will be nutrience for the coming man.

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Giant Meteor Nekoti Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

Thanks for your most excellent vote of confidence. ;) Giant Meteor should not be confused however, with being the Doctor Kevorkian of the masses. Truth is, I would miss all of you characters ..   No friend we've got a ways to go I believe so keep faith, and remember, - when times are dark, and things most bleak, when the quicksand of life is all around you, and hope is sinking faster than the RMS Titanic  (or Olympia) 15 April 1912, at 2:20 am ....Always look on the bright side of life!

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Giant Meteor Gobble D. Goop Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:25 Permalink

"The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter." (Rev 8:10–11)Never let em see ya sweat I say ...There'll be plenty of time for the bitter waters, fire and brimstone, by and by ...Besides, it's been the end times already now, over 2000 years ..Lot's of folks had to die to get here  ..

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Giant Meteor Drater Sat, 11/04/2017 - 20:23 Permalink

A human bean, has to know their own worth as a human bean. Independent of governments, politicians, or others ready, willing and able to take you down. And therein lay the trouble. Human beans, by various methods of manipulative deceptions, have forgotten personal sacrifice, honesty, humility and thus, detached of their own self worth, their true meaning. Ergo, no Giant Meteor is needed to destroy mankind at all, as his epidemic, legion addictions, indicative of self loathing, and self hating, do indicate. Mankind is doing a good job of destruction, all on his own.Make peace with oneself, learn to live, and die, without regret.Death doesn't care about guilt, fear, nor curries any favor. Oh yeah, almost forgot, Fuck the FED, all lords, sycophants, politicians, and masters of finance everywhere.They, like the rest of us, are already dead, they just don't know it yet  ..Good Luck !

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Giant Meteor Drater Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:09 Permalink

Good to hear from you. Me? I'm a couple of billion years old, got more aches and pains than Carter has liver pills, still sluggin it out, mostly observing from afar, keepin the alzheimers at bay by utilizing home spun homalies, wit, and well placed sarcasm.So far I don't need Viagra, and figure when I do, it'll be time to hang up the spurs ..I get a bit cranky sometimes, usually when the weather is kicking my bones in the ass, or when looking forward to a day of heavy lifting and tight crawl spaces. On a good day (and they are all good days, even when they aren't) I can appreciate the wind rustling through the trees, the sun in my face, and appreciating the fact I made it this far without dying. A lesson that was not well received at the ripe old age of 19I've been under a surgeons knife, more times that I can recall, since 10, barely felt my legs underneath of me this morning (usually takes a few minutes) but made a successful run to the recyclers (thats a scrap yard for those not knowing ) , waste not, want not ..Ordered 3 corned beef sandwichs on rye, with the slaw and Russian dressing (brought those home to the fam)Life is good .. 

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Giant Meteor supernintendos… Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:50 Permalink

Well, I'm not gonna brightside ya, things are looking pretty grim for the home team ..But then, when a nation becomes wholly dependent on the graft, corruption and the health of arms dealers, war and merchants of death, things will and do sometimes get out of hand. All facilitated by unlimited  supply of debt instruments (funny money), via central banks, and dispersed to their minions, the primary "dealers", you know, like crack dealers to the people, except in Ivory Towers and suits,  far more destructive .. things are bound to get out of hand !Gambling, obsessions with food and drink, aberrant behavior, overfed, over medicated, killin the pains of reality, or perhaps attempting to kill the conscience itself, which by the way, never quite works out. I read the news today oh boy !Yes, it's worthy of a head shAke or two ..But shit, take heart. We're only gonna have to do this once ! (at least as far as I know)

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mkkby Akzed Sun, 11/05/2017 - 00:17 Permalink

Self inflicted living a lie, so no sympathy.

Lovin' life post galt. Anybody can do it. You just have to love sunshine and freedom more than traffic jams, iShit, new cars, big mortgages and cable/phone plans.

Keep working and paying those taxes until you're too old to enjoy life. Not much of a plan. But who said 2-legged apes were smart enough to plan?

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