Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die

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08/20/2009

Here's more proof—as if we needed any—that durable medical equipment will play an increasingly important role in the lives of our nation's seniors.

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Dark Rising the movie Americans are living nearly two-and-a-half months longer, according to new life expectancy statistics released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2007, life expectancy in the United States reached a high of nearly 78 years, up from 77.7 a year earlier.

Frankly, I'm not sure how this is possible. All you hear these days is that Americans are a bunch of fat, stupid, lazy slobs who eat  too much fast foot, drink too much soda, smoke too much, do their best to avoid exercise and max out their credit cards. So how can we be living longer?

A lot of it has to to with  better lifestyle choices (given the obesity epidemic, this seems contradictory) and enhances in medical drugs/devices, according to the CDC.

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Whatever. All I know is that our increased lifespan means more of us are going to need DME and for longer periods of time. That's good news for providers, so long as they can survive competitive bidding and other challenges.

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On a related note, one of my favorite sayings is: Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

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If you fall into that boat, this new study should boost your spirits a little. I know it does mine.

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