The Challenges Of The Baby Boom Generation
Dean L. Norton
May 19, 2013
The Challenges Of The Baby Boom Generation
They are aging, and they are currently distressed from ailments and diseases that the generations before never really had to suffer through. Oddly enough, they are living longer despite these problems. Their healthcare is better than it has been before, but they are paying dearly for it. For some in this generation, getting good and thorough medical care can be a challenge. For a few, it is almost impossible without resorting to Medicare. This generation is facing a new challenge. To either retire early, and not have enough benefits and income to help them in their senior years, or to stay in their current jobs and not see retirement until they are well into their 60s or even perhaps their 70s
This generation is the Baby Boomers. They were born between 1946 and 1964. They arrived after a brutal world war, the rise of nuclear power, of racial identity and equality, and the start of the Love Generation. They are now getting older and want to retire and find that most cannot afford to end their careers gracefully.
Some prefer to stay in the workforce, even after retirement. Employers want these individuals to retire to free up space for newer and younger employees. A younger employee is less of a risk health-wise than an older employee. Most Baby Boomers find that staying in the workforce reinvigorates them and keeps them feeling young and vital. Burr, M. T. (2006) "Almost 40% of utility workers will become eligible for retirement in the next five years. Assuming only nominal growth, by 2010 the industry will need to hire 10,000 new skilled workers each year.” (p.1) Finding younger workers in the utility field within the last 15 to 20 years, been relatively easy. Apprenticing with an older mentor meant the younger individual got to learn a new trade and thus, passed on the responsibility that their older mentor previously held. This also meant the younger initiate received health benefits from the company they are now working for, and the new trade the young journeyman inherited, progressed from there.
The Baby Boom generation has become unhealthier as the years roll on. Caldwell, B. (2001) explains, “About half of the people between ages 50 and 59 who made the decision to delay retirement and remain in the work force reported that they were in excellent or very good health. But, over time, their state of health has declined.” (p.1) Diabetes, cardio vascular disease and high blood pressure has been diagnosed more frequently in the baby boom generation, than any other before. One reason is because of easy access to food; food that is not healthy, e.g. fast food. This may also have to do with living fiscally disabled because of perhaps living on worker’s comp, Social Security or both. For these people, able to afford good health care as well as good nutrition can be a challenge. It is getting harder for some cash strapped Baby Boomers to find affordable health care that will be there when they need it. In some cases, they will probably have to do without.
This author has seen first hand, some of his friends that he grew up with, going through some of the same things that he is going through as well, like health issues, financial issues, personal issues, etcetera. Many of them will go without health care insurance because they think they are still healthy enough to carry on without it. Some could go on Medicare, but to do it means a filling out paperwork and waiting weeks to finally see a doctor. The hope is that with current challenges faced with getting good and affordable medical care, that our president will see what...
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Caldwell, B. (2001). The Baby Boomer Challenge. Employee Benefit Plan Review, 55(12), 6-7
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