History-making generation reaching retirement age

…it’s time to say happy birthday to the baby boomers. Happy 65th birthday, that is. The first wave of the boom officially began on January 1st, 1946, according to the Census Bureau. That boom is attributed to soldiers returning home from World War II, who started or expanded their families. It reversed a long decline in the U.S. birth rate.

The Pew Research Center says that there are 79 million people in this generation, stretching 19 years through 1964. Seventy-nine million people means baby boomers comprise over a quarter of the total U.S. population. And while many people, including boomers, think of this group for its vitality, its challenges to the status quo over the years, we wondered how this first wave of boomers is feeling about their lives now as they are just hitting – shall we say – senior status. And what impact will they have on the country in the years ahead?

As this quote, from a transcript of NPR Radio’s “Tell Me More” says, we are about to see the largest generation in American history reach retirement, and one place we’re sure the impact of the baby boomer generation will be felt is in palliative and hospice care.

In a few years, this generation will reach the point where they must begin to make choices about medical and end-of-life care, and with the forward-thinking attitudes attributed to this generation we’re likely to see a boom of our own as ever-rising numbers of individuals taking advantage of palliative care and hospice care programs. In the meantime, we will continue to share information and educate the public as best as possible so that everyone can make the choice that’s right for them.