Usually defined as those born in the years between 1946 and 1964 for the U.S., the baby boomers are a large part of the American society. Their numbers, values, and technology have had a significant effect on the society as whole and now present new need and challenges associated with their aging.
“Talking About My Generation” is the song that immediately comes to mind on hearing the words baby boomers. And this is also true for an enormous chunk of American society. For the United States of America, the Baby Boomer Generation is usually accepted to be that period from 1946 to 1964 when more than three million births a year occurred. Following generations are commonly designated as Generation X, Generation Y and those being born since the turn of the 21st Century being called Millenialists by some although this term has also been used in a religious belief context
The Baby Boomers are believed to be at least in part a result of the post World War II prosperity and and a societal sense of hopefulness and of the new found peace. Even the outbreak of war in Korea in the early fifties had little effect on the birth rate and national optimism. Many veterans were able to use their military benefits to purchase homes and to attend college, both of which might have been out of their reach without these benefits.
Sheer numbers alone dictate the impact of the baby boomers on American society. Baby boomers comprise an estimated 77.3 million people alive today. Born in the very heart of the 20th Century, they reflect a modern shift in cultural values as well as the beginnings of the bloom in modern technologies that are now taken for granted. Before their births, there was no space program, no cat scans, no organ transplants, no home computers, no birth control pill, and a myriad of other miracles of modern science and technology now taken completely for granted.
In the early years of the 21st Century, new issues are arising for and concerning baby boomers. As this generation approaches or enters retirement age, there are perfectly valid concerns about their demands upon retirement systems, medical care and their importance on the economy in general. The chronic diseases that often accompany aging may place additional strain on the delivery systems for medical care which are already strained by doctor shortages and rising costs. In addition, retiring baby boomers may be spending less as income often declines in retirement.
Baby boomers have clearly left an impact which includes evolving changes of views on everything from views on human sexuality to perceptions of the role of technology in everyday life. Whether a person sees the population of the post war baby boom as “My Generation” or that of a parent, child, grandchild or grandparent, this generation has touched everyone alive today.
We were the first to be raised with a television in the home and we watched Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best; we are the wealthiest living generation; we are working longer and retiring later; we ushered in the Women’s movement, the Beatles, Mini Skirts, Bikini’s, and Bell Bottoms, Rock ‘n Roll, Woodstock, Neil Armstrong, and we wanted to “Buy the World a Coke”.
It is popular to consider the widespread use of the Birth Control Pill in the early 1960’s with facilitated the end of the population boom. Vietnam shaped our generation, as the early boomers were drafted.
The Baby Boom Generation is the North American population explosion that occurred between 1946 and 1964 and the folks born therein are Baby Boomers. Some “purists” consider true Baby Boomers to be born between 1946 and 1953, with those born after that called Generation Jones.
We’ve redefined and reinvented ourselves and what it means to be an aging population.
Who are “Generation Jones”?
The Baby Boom is generally considered to have peaked at its highest in 1957, and the Generation Jones, or sometimes just “Jonesers”, are part of the “Cusp Generation” that encompasses the years 1954 – 1964. This group is also known as “Trailing Edge Boomers”, “Late Boomers”, and “Shadow Boomers”.
Other tags associated with this generation are:
- The Stress Generation
- Sandwich Generation
- The New Generation
- The Love Generation
- The War Babies
- The Me Generation
- The Now Generation
- The TV Generation
- The Lost Generation
- The Spock Generation
This website is dedicated to all the Baby Boomers, living longer, living stronger, and doing everything our own way. There will be information here about retirement, health, life-style, travel, entertainment, and just about anything you might be interested in. Check back often as we update the site with the newest, latest, best, and most interesting facts and information to help all us boomers as we embrace the next evolution of our generation.