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Aging Baby Boomers

October 19, 2007 • Volume 17, Issue 37
Will the 'youth generation' redefine old age?
By Alan Greenblatt

Introduction

Tandem biking helps keep David and Christina Filkins in shape at their retirement home in Longboat Key, Fla. David, 61, a former software engineer, now indulges his passion for windsurfing; his wife is into beading.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tandem biking helps keep David and Christina Filkins in shape at their retirement home in Longboat Key, Fla. David, 61, a former software engineer, now indulges his passion for windsurfing; his wife is into beading. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

In January, the oldest baby boomers will turn 62 — and become eligible to collect Social Security benefits. For the next 18 years, a member of the baby boom generation — the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — will reach that age every eight seconds. Boomers have long been famous for their desire to stay or at least act young. What will they be like as seniors? Many predict they will reshape the nation's view of old age, as healthier boomers continue to work and stay active longer than their parents. Others worry that the vast expansion of the nation's senior population will put unaffordable strains on government entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Still others worry boomers could upset the economy as they begin spending down their assets all at once. Boomers have left their imprint on every stage of American life they've passed through, and there's no reason to think that the senior years will be any exception.

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