If you, like me, were born between between Jan. 1, 1946 and Dec. 31, 1964, take comfort in the fact that June 21 has been declared Baby Boomers Day.
Our generation has been much maligned as self-indulgent and greedy and some pundits have gone so far as calling us “the worst generation.”
Hey, hey. Hold on a minute. Not all of us were draft dodging, toke smoking, free loving, bra burners.
Some of us got married, raised families, went to church, held down jobs and volunteered tirelessly for community projects.
We fell into bed exhausted at the end of the day, then got up the next morning and did it all over again.
What’s getting on the last nerve of every other generation is that about 11,000 of us are reaching retirement age and beginning to collect social security which we paid into for the last 50 years. It galls them that we have taken care of ourselves and living longer. How dare us extend the stats for life expectancy!! We are shameful.
Our 65th birthdays mark the beginning of eligibility for medicare and full qualification for Social Security.
The Pew Research Center highlighted the statistic in a 2010 study on baby boomers. It reports that 76 million people were born in the United States during the boomer generation. After subtracting those who have already died and adding immigrants born during those years, the Census estimates there are roughly 79.6 million people aged 45 to 64 in America.
If you divide 79.6 million by 19 years, then divide that by 365 days, you get 11,478. That’s the number of people, on average, who will turn 65 each day for the next 19 years — if we can survive the mean stares of the generations behind us.
Hey, I’m retired. Go around me, dudes.