Generations

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Spring

A Look at National Policy and the Baby Boom Generation
The baby boom generation will face a very different policy environment compared to their parents' experience. When members of the baby boom generation begin to retire, they will have the same needs as current retirees-a steady stream of replacement income...
Baby Boomer Friendships
More than a little help from their large networks of friends? Two researchers speculate about their own cohort in old age. I get by with a little help from my friends. I get high with a little help from my friends. Pm gonna try with a little help from...
Baby Boom Families: Relations with Aging Parents
Thoughout history, a number of obvious continuities can be seen in intergenerational relations in families. Parents care for and nurture children, launch them into independent lives, and typically transfer resources to them when they (the parents) die....
Facts and Figures about the Baby Boom
How does the baby boom compare to other generations? What are important differences within the baby boom generation? In the fifty-plus years since the onset of the baby boom in 1946, government agencies and other sources have generated a remarkable amount...
Future Directions for Public Senior Services: Meeting Diverging Needs
In metropolitan areas, the needs of middle-aged boomers are already split along class lines. This will likely persist into their older years. The first wave of baby boomers will become eligible for services funded by the federal Administration on Aging...
Future Work and Retirement Needs: Policy Experts and Baby Boomers Express Their Views
Once aging baby boomers enter their mid sos and 60s, they will change the shape and scope of retirement. Some will be more affluent than today's retirees. Some will start new careers for pleasure, while others-especially women and minorities-will continue...
Geographic Mobility and the Baby Boom
The generalized image of baby boomers created by age-based marketing is overly simplistic, but some new trends will probably be set into motion. Gerontology already loves the baby boom, just as pediatrics did, with boomers as patients and as parents...
Health and Aging among Baby Boomers
Just as they have transformed every age they have crossed, the baby boom generation will change the basic concepts of health in old age. Some predict a great number of decrepit, avaricious oldsters gobbling up the resources needed for childcare and college...
Introduction: The Aging of the Baby Boom
It seems entirely fitting that la journal named Generations should have an issue devoted to "The Baby Boom at Midlife and Beyond." Although authors in the popular press have made many pronouncements about how the aging of the baby boom will affect our...
Midlife and Menopause: Uncharted Territories for Baby Boomer Women
Aging is increasingly being perceived as something one can control, delay, and even perhaps stop. The baby boomer generation is now facing middle age. Every fifty seconds another fifty baby boomers celebrate their 50th birthday. To a large extent, this...
Our Guest Editor
What's it like to be a researcher and find that you are engaged in studying-yourself? For this issue's guest editor, the aging of the baby boom has become a primary area of research. He also happens to be a "leading edge" boomer, among the oldest in...
Political Activism and the Aging of the Baby Boom
Will there be an increase in the level of political activism among the elderly when the baby boomers retire? If so, what forms will this activism take? Will there be an increase in the confrontational activism of the i96os, or will boomer activism take...
Preparing for Their Older Years: The Financial Diversity of Aging Boomers
It seems that American society is intent on re-creating the problem of gero-simplification.' In order to have a solid understanding of both the individual patterns and the social policy contours of boomers' preparation for their older years, we need...
Realigning Retirement Income: The Politics of Growth
Anticipating the retirement of the baby boom has raised the stakes for both public and private pension programs. As the U.S. economy shifted from agriculture to industrial manufacturing, workers needed to develop strategies for deferring to their old...
Recasting Careers: Changing Reference Groups, Risks, and Realities
The nature of work, family, and retirement is being reconfigured. Most baby boomers today are in the midst of building their occupational careers at the same time they are building their family "careers" (Aldous, I996). But the ground is shifting beneath...
Reflections on Being Fifty
At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves. -George Orwell fter more than two decades of directing senior honors essays, I have come to realize that most undergraduates select topics that enable them to grapple with an essential feature of their personalities....
The Political Impact of the Baby Boom: Are There Persistent Generational Differences in Political Beliefs and Behavior?
A look at the extent to which baby boomers differ from their elders in party preferences and electoral behavior. The purpose of this paper is to assess the political impact of the baby boom. If baby boomers differ from their elders in political partisanship,...
Toward Intragenerational Equity: Images of a Generation
Prevention and wellness, such mantras among middle-class baby boomers, are not lifestyle markers for poor people born between I946 and I964. References to generational identity are based on a belief that historical events exert a formative influence...
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