Emma Brooks and Manoela Dos Santos- Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-  The most populous American generation, the baby boomers, makes up 20 percent of the U.S population.  This is the only generation recognized by The United States Census Bureau.

This generation was born post World War II, between the years of 1946 – 1964, and ranges from 74.1 million to 81.3 million people.

LRHS anatomy teacher and Baby Boomer Faust Delazzer said, “I am proud to be a baby boomer because we were able to experience the world without the overprotection we have today.  Scars always have better stories than tattoos.”

The Baby Boom was a social and cultural phenomenon; young people were eager to get married and started their families early. The Baby Boom also increased the popularity of suburban living; it was cheaper to buy a house for a family in the suburbs than it was to rent an apartment in the city.

This generation is credited for many things, including being the startup of entrepreneurship. Today the baby boomers still make up a third of the workforce. The past four presidents were all baby boomers, the first to serve was Bill Clinton.

Some people warn such a large population of similar aged citizens causes a looming economic threat. For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a concern. Delazzer said, “The only concern I have is people died too soon; now we live too long. It’s quality of life, not living.”

Teresa Ghilarducci, a labor economist who specializes in retirement security said, “There is no part of the country where the majority of middle-class older workers have adequate retirement savings to maintain their standard of living in their retirement.”

By 2030, one in four Americans will be over the age of 65.  The problems of how to feed, house, and care for all these senior citizens will remain an issue for some time.

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