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Youngest Baby Boomers Hit 40 This Year ^

Posted on 06/25/2004 5:43:22 AM PDT by Tribune7

The tail end of the baby boomer generation is turning 40 this year, which is an occasion for both celebration and apprehension, says the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

And while the cause for celebration may be obvious, the reason for apprehension may be less clear.

As middle-agers can attest, people in their early 40s begin to notice subtle-and sometimes not so subtle-changes in health like heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, hearing loss, vision problems, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

And, they have plenty of company. Approximately 78 million Americans-about 28 percent of the U.S. population-are baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. Over the next 25 years, they're expected to double, then triple, and ultimately, quadruple the 60-80 age group.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; happybirthday
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To: babble-on

I remember seeing the guy who played "Skippy" on "Family Ties" doing stand up, and he was saying that the Boomers had sex, drugs and rock and roll, but we got stuck with AIDS, crack and Madonna.

21 posted on 06/25/2004 6:19:00 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Pre-empt the third murder attempt: Pray for Terri Schindler-Schiavo!)
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To: stayathomemom

I was born in 1956. Every reference I have read placed me at the tail end of the baby boom. I always thought it was more of a post war phenomenon.

As I understand it, the Baby Boom is not so much a result of the war, as of the prosperity that followed the war.

Yes, there was a boost in the number of babies born when soldiers returned and ... ummm .. well, you know :-)

But it's worth noting that there were 3.1 million kids born in the US in 1943, and 3.4 million in 1946 - so there a lot of canoodling going on in war time in any case :-)

I once read that the continued growth in LIVE birthrates followed:

(a) the increased prosperity that was the result of large-scale mechanisation (developed during the war),

(b) the widespread improvement in medicine - which was also, in large part, a result of the war, and

(c) the upbeat optimism of those who were kids during the war and, having witnessed their dads' victories, were emboldened to believe that Americans (and their allies) could achieve anything.


22 posted on 06/25/2004 6:19:56 AM PDT by sadimgnik
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To: didi

I agree with you. I was born in parents in the late 1930's. They seem much more boomer like to me than I supposedly am....they get along real well with the real boomers too.

23 posted on 06/25/2004 6:20:54 AM PDT by dg62
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To: Tribune7

I hit 40 this year, and I am not a baby boomer, I am a Brady Boomer!

24 posted on 06/25/2004 6:21:00 AM PDT by Central Scrutiniser (I strive to be the person my dog thinks I am)
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To: Orblivion
Oh Joy! The last of the ME generation is fixing to have their mid life crisis.


Yeah...time to load up on that Pfizer (Viagra) and Bayer (Levetra) stock.

25 posted on 06/25/2004 6:22:32 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (Michael Moore...future Atkins diet poster boy? I think not.)
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To: sadimgnik
1957 4,300,000 largest number of births EVER in the US

Damn! nothin' special about me, I guess...

So how come there were so few cute girls in my class?

Class of '75
27 posted on 06/25/2004 6:26:06 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: Tribune7
Mrs. P. was born two months before me: she at the end of 1964 and I in early 1965. I kid her about being a Baby Boomer instead of a Gen-Xer like me.
28 posted on 06/25/2004 6:33:22 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Tribune7

A great market for the medical industry, cosmetology and yes.... the funeral industry.

29 posted on 06/25/2004 6:34:20 AM PDT by traumer
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To: Tribune7

Well, now you've gone & done it. I keep telling my husband that since he was born in 63, he's not a boomer. I really thought that 59 was the last of the baby boom.

Guess I have to grudgingly let him into the club (Yeah, I WAS a few years older than him, till he hit his 40th last December - at which point, he became the older spouse ;-) )

30 posted on 06/25/2004 6:35:27 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (Well... There you go again!)
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To: Tribune7

This really makes the case that most people, even the press and the people who keep statistics don't know what a baby boomer is. The real definition of a baby boomer from the time of the words 'baby boomer' was coin is:
More babies were born one year after a war that was above what a normal year of births before a war's end. So only ONE YEAR is qualified as a baby boomer. That year is '1946'. Any other year does not qualify one as a baby boomer. In the 1980s for some reason (I don't know why) the meaning of baby boomer's started to mean a span of years starting from 1946 onward and the span has gotten longer as the years went by.

31 posted on 06/25/2004 6:38:56 AM PDT by AIC
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To: TonyRo76

The dip was mostly a result of the gap between the boomers being born and the boomers having babies. Consider someone born in 1957, give them 20 or so years to start having kids and by the late '70's you see a rebound. I think they call it the 'echo'. The abortion atrocity is having its impact but its ongoing.

32 posted on 06/25/2004 6:42:25 AM PDT by thecanuck
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To: TexasCajun

40 yrs old this year or old enough to remember black & white was the color television

We had black and white tv until about 1977--I was 7 when my parents got their first color tv.
Karen V.

33 posted on 06/25/2004 6:49:17 AM PDT by cupcakes
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To: TonyRo76

I was wondering the same thing--how high would the birth rates have been in the 70's if it wasn't for abortion.

34 posted on 06/25/2004 6:51:24 AM PDT by cupcakes
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Hey, that's my dad's birth year--he's officially a boomer and believe me, he fits the negative stereotype of the boomer generation too;-)

35 posted on 06/25/2004 6:52:43 AM PDT by cupcakes
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To: thecanuck; TonyRo76

I still think Tony has a point and I'll extend it to birth control as well. The "boomers" really were the first generation not only with effective birth control, but the disgusting legal availability of abortion. My parents were what I call "true boomers"--dad was born in 46 and mom in 50 so they were plenty old enough and many like then to have children in 69-75(I was born in 1970). Again, how much impact did effective birth control and then abortion in 73 have on the birth rates for that generation coming of age during that time? Surely you should have seen a pretty good birth rate around my year as those first boomers came of age--1970--if things were status quo on the birth control front, but they weren't--women had the pill now. I'm not even debating birth control, but I don't think its impact can be underestimated when talking about birth statistics in the late 60's and early 70's. My mom is a fertile myrtle and she took the pill--had me in 70 and then my brother in 76 nd another brother in 81. Without the pill, I suspect I would have had another 2 or 3 siblings born in the 70's and so would many others and the birth rates would have been much higher in the 70's.

36 posted on 06/25/2004 6:58:54 AM PDT by cupcakes
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To: Mr. Silverback

I don't know what's more humiliating, the fact that "Skippy from Family Ties" beat me to that thought, or the fact that I know exactly who "Skippy from Family Ties" is.

37 posted on 06/25/2004 6:59:32 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: cupcakes

oops, wanted to add that the pill gave couples the power to delay having children--I think many of my parents peers waited until their 30's and even 40's to have children and it is why you start to see the climb in birth rates again in 1990 where not only are older boomers rounding out families and those who delayed it starting, but younger boomers are just starting and even older genxers are starting families too--big overlap on births during 1990.

38 posted on 06/25/2004 7:03:30 AM PDT by cupcakes
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To: Jack of all Trades

I read somewhere before that people born in the early '60's (including me) were considered "'Tweeners". I don't think this is official, but it does seem to fit.

39 posted on 06/25/2004 7:03:37 AM PDT by ringgold (A pirate looks at 40!)
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To: babble-on

If you ever watched the sitcom "Family Ties", Skippy was the tall, curly-haired kid who hung out with Michael J. Fox's character and was in love with Fox's sister. He was one of the biggest nerds ever portrayed on TV.

40 posted on 06/25/2004 7:05:18 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Pre-empt the third murder attempt: Pray for Terri Schindler-Schiavo!)
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