Look Who’s Turning 70!

The year 2016 will usher in the first wave of baby boomers reaching 70 years of age.  You might be surprised to see which famous names are included on this list of boomers born in 1946.

Cher, Bill Clinton, Diane Keaton, Patti Smith, Suzanne Somers, Sylvester Stallone and Steven Spielberg are just a few celebrities who’s accomplishments and influence continue to make an indelible mark on this generation.

Freddie Mercury, of the rock band Queen, who died in 1991 of Aids-related illness would have been 70 this September and Saturday Night Live comic, Gilda Radner,  who also died too young, from ovarian cancer, would also be celebrating 70 in 2016.

With life expectancies increasing for both men (76 years in 2012) and women (81 years) Septuagenarians and Octogenarians will represent a growing segment of the population due to the number of baby boomers reaching old age.

While it’s debatable if 70 is the new 50 or not, perceptions about old age are changing.  The greying population is no longer content to take retirement lying down, so to speak.  Medical advances have made a significant impact on longevity but overall attention to health and active living is helping to make reaching old age something to look forward to rather than dread.