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Baby boomers are not a bunch of annoying, self-absorbed, aging hippies with too much money and a penchant to call attention to themselves.
So says a report released yesterday (April 15) by AARP meant to dispel persistent "boomer myths" about the 77 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964.
"The label of being self-centered is grossly exaggerated. It's very convenient to lump boomers together as a monolith, and this really misses the mark. This generation is really very diverse," said AARP spokesman Anthony DeLuise.
"The important thing is that boomers are redefining age, making retirement obsolete, starting new careers and giving back to the world,"
The study, which surveyed more than 17,000 baby boomers, found that 70 percent said they had a "responsibility to make the world a better place." Only 9 percent qualify as truly "affluent," with incomes of more than $150,000; one-quarter of them have no savings or investments, while just one-fifth own their own homes outright.
Far from carefree, 37 percent still have children under 18 living at home, while only 11 percent plan to stop working entirely at 65. Vanity still resonates, though — 68 percent said it was important to "remain attractive to the opposite sex," the survey found.
I can't help but notice that the AARP is trying to get Boomers to join it by releasing a report talking about Boomers. This is very telling. Only Boomers would fall for such a deliberate stroking of their own ego.
op by Ectoterrestrial
a phase shift in attitudes and policy, with the Me Generation going down kicking and screaming.
Health system unready for boomer onslaught
the U.S. health care system is "woefully unprepared," won't have enough workers to meet the impending crush and may actually discourage the best care, according to a new report.
"We face an impending crisis as the growing number of older patients, who are living longer with more complex health needs, increasingly outpaces the number of health care providers with the knowledge and skills to care for them capably,"
"It's our profound belief that immediate and substantial action is necessary."