Baby boomer ages range from the mid forties to the mid sixties and the first of them will reach 65 in 2011. Some are still raising children while others have grown children and grandchildren. This largest generation in American history will impact society with all of the issues pertinent to their own age group.
The largest generation in American history, the baby boomers, encompasses a wide range of ages and the challenges that go with their different life stages. Most sociologists classify those born in the years between 1946 and 1964 as part of the baby boomer generation in the United States, although some end the period a bit earlier in 1960. Since the U.S. Census uses 1964 as the endpoint for these post World War II births, it is the most accepted parameter.
In any case, baby boomers currently range in age from their mid forties to their mid sixties. In fact, the first of the “Golden Boomers” will reach the age of 65 starting on January 1, 2011. This will mean that they qualify for Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits for the first time and it will fall upon the taxes on younger workers to pay for their benefits.
So, what are the Baby Boomers Ages?
These different age ranges mean that some baby boomers are of an age to still be raising young families with the prospect of paying for college in the future. Older baby boomers are already facing the burden of the increasing costs of higher education, while the oldest group has grown children that they no longer need to support financially. However, with current unemployment rates quite high, some of the oldest boomers are having to help their grown children and may even find themselves with small children in their households yet again.
The youngest of the baby boomers may in addition to supporting their children have the need to provide some or all support for their aging parents. This double burden is a serious financial load as well as a trying psychological burden. This problem may be compounded by the needs of those retiring whose pensions or other retirement funds were depleted by drops in the stock market. The retiring boomers may be forced to reassess their plans because of these reversals in savings and income.
As many similarities as baby boomers are seen to have, they really are not a uniform group either politically or culturally. A good example is just how diverse two American presidents are who both happen to be baby boomers. George W. Bush was born near the beginning of the baby boom and Barack Obama was born near the end of the boom. Yet both are representatives of a generation so large that it has a massive impact on the society.