Friday, January 13, 2006

the forever young generation

Baby boomers are in the news this week, everywhere you look, on the nightly TV news, in magazines, on the internet. So what if the largest demographic group in the country is starting to turn 60 and thinking about retiring, is that so newsworthy? It must be a slow week for news, and that is a good thing compared to the last year.

( A baby boomer is defined as someone who is born in a period of increased birth rates, such as following World War II, triggered by the elation of victory and large numbers of males returning home. In the United States, the baby boom generation's birth years are from 1946 to 1964.

Guess that makes me one! I didn't even know I belonged to this illustrious crowd. Does that mean I can retire now?

(CBC News) In 1946, 3.4 million babies were born in the U.S. By 1964, 78 million "baby boomers" had joined the population. These children acquired more education than any previous generation; many grew up projecting a rebellious, idealistic attitude that promised to reshape society.

Now, with the first of them turning 60, the baby boomers are about to do something utterly conventional and predictable. They're going to start getting old and begin developing health problems. They're also going to retire from the workforce.

Great! Now we'll never be able to get a campsite! (Or an appointment at the doctor's office.)

(Newsweek) The generation that vowed to stay forever young is coming up on a major milestone. But for the 3.4 million Americans who were born in 1946, retirement is a distant prospect, and life still holds plenty of promise and surprises. They've been hippies and yuppies; and now it's the time of the 'abbies': aging baby boomers.

I was never a hippie, or a yuppie, and I hope I don't become an abbie!

Well, this has just been very enlightening. I was supposed to be rebellious and idealistic and reshape society, and be forever young. Wish I had read the handbook. Hopefully I have a few good years left, better late than never, I guess!


jellyhead said...

You're but a spring chicken...not even 60 yet!! Don't you know that your fifties are the new forties?? You've got energy and a positive attitude, and many years yet to be rebellious or idealistic or even just the lovely Susan that you already are!

Motherkitty said...

If the fifties are the new forties, then what are the sixties???? Talk about making someone feel old(er). I'm not even a baby boomer, just a plain, old war baby (b. 1942). Is that depressing or what?

Honestly, you are only as old as you make yourself to be. Some people are old in their forties. I personally don't think you get into old age until you pass your seventies. Then you can think about getting old.

As always, nice post, Susan.

Alice said...

I always thought I was a 'baby boomer' but now realise I'm too old. Never mind, I'll enjoy being whatever age I am - since I can't change it.

doubleknot said...

I think I am at the tail end of the baby boomers - 1949 - don't really think of how old I am but when I hurt I wonder why then I think dummy it comes with getting older. My youngest sister in her early 40's had a mini stroke and it was a wake up call to the rest of us - three of us have diabetes, high blood pressure and stress and are over weight so we have been taking better care of ourselves.