‘Stop whining’: Journalist urges Boomers to stop complaining about poor health

The author of the opinion piece says older Australians need to be fortunate for the country’s wealth and healthcare systems and for the privilege of getting older. Source: Getty

It’s no secret that health declines as people grow older.

Whether it’s being crippled with arthritis, dealing with a chronic condition or managing pain, most Baby Boomers are the first to admit that their health wasn’t what it used to be when they were younger.

Still, a 35-year-old journalist has taken aim at Boomers who complain about their health, penning a brutal open letter for Newscorp. Libby Hill – who is a breast cancer survivor – insists her piece isn’t an attack on the older generation, but questions how grateful they really are about the privilege of ageing.

While Hill acknowledges that our bodies do deteriorate with age, she believes older Australians need to be grateful for the country’s wealth and healthcare systems, noting that treatments have “never been better”.

“Struggling with the symptoms of menopause? There are supplements, medications, herbs, exercises, essential oils, books and even apps that can help with that,” she writes.

Of course, many women who have been through or are going through menopause seek treatments for various symptoms such as hot flushes and insomnia, but there’s only so much help a book or an app can provide.

She also says Pilates and yoga can help people feeling less than agile. Again, these are services many Boomers already use, but yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi, along with many natural therapies, are no longer covered by private health insurance.

Read more: Dozens of natural therapies no longer available under new private health rules

Hill argues there are many young people who die tragically and horrifically each day and that she believes it’s time to change the conversation about ageing.

“Instead of saying, ‘I have to have cataract surgery,’ try saying, ‘I get to have a procedure to treat a condition that once could have made me blind’,” she suggests.

The journalist also argued that over-55s have plenty to be grateful for, saying Boomers were raised in a good economy and that home ownership “is almost out of reach” for younger generations.

She also claims younger people will experience a “rougher time” and that it’s Boomers who are “the lucky generation”.

It’s not the first time Boomers have been dealt a blow when it comes to the generational wars. Australian comedian Tom Ballard sparked debate earlier this year when he questioned when Baby Boomers were going to die.

“They are hanging around like a John Farnham farewell tour,” he said in a video posted to Facebook. “When the f*** are they going to wrap it up, shuffle off this mortal coil and give me a house?”

Ballard joked that when a Baby Boomer dies, they get buried in a coffin and also have an investment coffin buried at the same time so they can negative gear their death.

“Their natural habitat is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace house they brought in Brunswick for a shilling and a song,” he continued. “Their natural predators are skin cancer and children. We’re coming for you, Boomers.”

Read more: Baby Boomer defends generation against journalist’s cruel takedown

What are your thoughts on the opinion piece? Does the journalist make a valid point, or should Baby Boomers be allowed to complain about their ill health?

IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.

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