It’s actually happened: Baby Boomers are getting old. Uh… I mean, reaching their senior years. Ummm… that is, they are now truly mature. What I mean to say is that today the oldest members of the Baby Boomer Generation turn 65. They have reached the age of discounts, early bird specials, and, once upon a time, retirement.
So what, you say? You’ve had your fill of Baby Boomer trivia? Well, consider this: According to the Pew Research Center, for the next 19 years about 10,000 people will cross over into senior citizenhood every day. By the year 2030, senior boomers will number a whopping-70 million-strong.
“Yikes!” some of you younger people may be gasping. “What are we going to do with all those old folks? With so many getting more and more decrepit, what will happen to our society?”
Hey, Boomers have never done anything in the same old way, so why would they start now? Already, they are in the process of reinventing retirement. Boomers may be getting older, but they definitely remain a vital force to be reckoned with.
Come on, Boomers! Let’s raise our glasses of prune juice and share in a collective New Year’s toast:
We watched Howdy Doody and Roy Rogers,
We rocked and rolled and sang of freedom.
We vowed never to trust anyone over 30,
We promised to transform the world.
Let’s do it!
(The Second-Half Adventure:
Don’t Just Retire–Use Your Time, Skills & Resources to Change the World
by Kay Marshall Strom)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu