Airs Monday, May 27 at 7:30 PM on WVIZ/PBS
The first baby boomers turn 65 in 2011. And, according to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 more Americans will cross this threshold every day for the next 19 years. Now that this largest generation has its feet firmly planted in middle age, how are all those feet feeling?
The show will focus on the stories of local residents who are coping with their own middle-age growing pains, and share the latest information and research on aging from the experts. Included is the story of Lakewood’s Jim Latza, a 57-year-old Cleveland Clinic patient, who is followed before, during and after his knee replacement surgery. “MiddleAging” also shows how even the most in-shape boomers may be sidelined by injuries: Annette Selestak of Avon is progressing well from her knee surgery, thanks to a history of healthy lifestyle habits; and the story of Cleveland Heights resident Sandy Mates shows the how and why of back pain, the most frequently reported site of joint pain.
Experts in the field of bones, joints and aging are also interviewed in the special to detail the physical and even emotional toll that can be taken by musculoskeletal issues suffered by today’s boomers. The experts share that while aging is natural and normal, there may be tactics to promote a more functional and less painful middle age.