As the first wave of baby boomers approaches retirement age, a new report from the National Institute on Aging shows that they complain more about their health than earlier generations did at that same age.
Compared with the oldest group, the youngest group was more likely to have reported difficulty in walking, climbing steps, getting up from a chair, kneeling or crouching, and doing other normal daily physical tasks.
Analysts cite two possible reasons for this. One is that the boomers didn't take very good care of themselves, and are now paying for the excesses of their youth. The other is that this generation still sees itself as "young." And when the normal aches and pains of middle age show up, they feel something must be wrong.
Having grown up in the shadow of these narcissists, I opt for theory #2. Any generation that still listens to Strawberry Alarm Clock and Jefferson Airplane after age 20 or so clearly has a distorted notion of how old it really is. ;-)