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New Ways of Getting Old

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When was the last time you saw a truly celebratory birthday card for someone over 50? Why is that? Why are all of the birthday cards after 40 about doom and gloom? For the first time in our history, we are living longer, more active lives. In fact, so much has changed about getting older. The boomer generation (those born between 1946-1964) has transformed every social convention they have come across – from marrying later, traveling more, having children later. And they’re doing it again with aging.

As a country, we are in the midst of a population explosion of 65 plus Americans -- the largest demographic shift of retirees we have ever experienced. Not only are their numbers increasing, but they are also living longer – with totally different expectations of what aging looks like. Witness the increase in seniors running marathons and triathlons – there are few rocking chairs in their futures. So, what is new about getting old? How will the sociodemographic impacts of baby boomers’ outlooks affect the choices you make with your parents, as well as how you plan for yourself?