Baby Boom's Mid-Life Crisis

January 8, 1988

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Despite their image as “yuppies,” the baby-boomers are a varied lot now pushing into middle age. Once depicted as the spoiled darlings of American affluence, many have a tenuous hold on middle-class stature and face an uncertain future.

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The baby-boomers grew up commanding center stage in contemporary culture. They have been called the most fortunate and the most promising generation in American history. For all that has already been said and written about their impact, in many respects they are just hitting their stride. In the decades ahead, “the aftershocks of the great birthquake following World War II will dominate the nation's social and economic scene even more profoundly than in the past,” says Fabian Linden, executive director of the Consumer Research Center for the New York-based business research organization The Conference Board.

The vanguard of the baby-boom generation turned 40 two years ago. More than 3.6 million men and women will reach this mid-life milestone each year, on average, until the last baby-boomer does in 2004. The generation that wanted to stay young forever is entering middle age—and beginning to face both the opportunities and problems that have always accompanied maturity, plus some that are peculiar to the baby-boom generation.

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