On the first day of 2011, the oldest Baby Boomers turned 65, which has long been considered the border marking “senior citizenship.” Projections say 10,000 more Boomers will turn 65 every day for the next two decades.
Many of them are unhappy about it, researchers also found.
“They are living longer, working longer and, researchers say, nursing some disappointment about how their lives have turned out,” according to an article in the New York Times. “The self-aware, or self-absorbed, feel less self-fulfilled, and thus are racked with self-pity.This gloominess appears to be linked to the struggling economy, the demands of middle age and a general sense of lofty goals not met by the generation.”
Should We Blame Dr. Spock?
No doubt part of the negative attitude is explained by life cycle and economic issues, but Boomers have spent most of their lives less satisfied than previous generations, according to pollsters at the Pew Research Center. Some blame Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose influential book Baby and Child Care became a best-seller on its publication in 1946, the dawn of the Baby Boom.
“Previous generations were raised to speak only when spoken to, and to endure in self-denying silence,” according to the New York Times. “But Baby Boomers were raised on the more nurturing, child-as-individual teachings” of Spock.
Of course, the Pew pollsters also found Boomers don’t consider themselves old at 65, and the story of this generation certainly doesn’t end here. So what’s stopping them now from living more fulfilling lives? What’s stopping them now from achieving lofty goals?
What do you think?
Can Boomers keep changing the world, even past 65?
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