Baby Boomers the Next Generation of Pioneers

Baby Boomers represent 28% of American population.
Baby Boomers represent 28% of American population.

The Baby Boomer Generation, born between 1946 and 1965, followed the end of World War II, represented the largest explosion of births in the United States and Canada, around 76 million.

Currently baby boomers fall into the age of 46-65 years old and they represent about 28 percent of the American population.

After American soldiers returned home, the largest number of babies born were recorded in 1957, a record breaking 4.3 million, in that year alone. Today’s population of raising large families is no longer, when couples are waiting to have children or are having smaller families with fewer children.

Those are the statistics but don’t be surprised.

This generation exemplifies the life of a pioneer; someone who does something for the first time. The baby boomers fall into this category. They are ready, willing, and able to change.

Considered to be overachievers and workaholics many curious onlookers perceive baby boomers as the aging majority.

Pioneers in the making, they are the next generation of visionaries and yet are often ignored.

A pioneer is defined as the first person to explore a territory or settle into a new area. The great pioneers were innovators and inventors.

People like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison whom were great inventors and pioneered new discoveries in their day. They led the developments of new ideas and experiments in unexplored territories of uncharted courses.

Baby boomers have long been considered the majority in America.

With many now entering retirement years, this generation was raised with parents from the Great Depression (1929-1939). The family values of baby boomers are founded in rich family traditions.

With respect to the older generation, baby boomers listened to the grandparents and great grandparents tell the stories of hard times. Surviving with hard work and labor they value family, friendships, and loyalty.

They learned by discipline and realization that hard work pays off.

Today’s baby boomers are sandwiched in between generations. Many are caregivers to their aging parents while presently living out being a grandparent and yet still raising children 18 years or younger.

Some of their own children may have grown up but they are seeing the generations change before their eyes.

A Survey conducted by Del Webb in 2004 indicated baby boomers facts about housing, retirement, and the Empty Nester Syndrome.

*Statistics from Del Webb Survey, 2004

Baby Boomer Statistics* Survey Points

HOUSING 
RETIREMENT 
EMPTY NEST SYNDROME 
 26 percent considering moving into Active Adult Retirement Communities
One-fourth don’t think they will have enough money to retire comfortably
Emotionally ready to get the kids out of the house  
44 percent wanted a smaller house requiring less maintenance 
75 percent feel they will be happier upon retirement  
Men were more likely prepared than females 
Source

The course of survival is to reinvent oneself.

These boomers have knowledge, extreme gifts, and age old wisdom. They are dignified individuals with respect towards the elderly. Growing up with proud family traditions, they understand the value of reliability.

The job markets are changing today. The future work environment is being replaced by people who are willing to work 5-6 years and then move on. No longer will it be long term conditions when a person works 20-30 years at the same company. That practice is going to the way side. The seasons are changing.

In order to stay abreast of the changes and maintain a lifestyle they are accustomed to, baby boomers are changing radically. Putting things to the test, they are looking at new ways of doing things.

Retirement planning now involves researching and setting up realistic goals on their own individual terms. They are wiser, more judicial with their savings and reevaluating their lives.

There is a mindset of midlife career changers. Looking back on their past work experience, they realize the importance of family over work. They value relationships over material possessions. They gain wisdom from their experiences.

These are the next generation of pioneers.

There is another mindset towards what some call the midlife crisis. With facing challenges of a 2nd career and struggling with new developments, along with the aging factor of their own bodies, their confidence suffers. An internal struggle ensues when a person reaches midlife.

In order to reignite their passions, they look for answers to many of life’s common problems. They do the research and use the technology that is available to them. They relearn and reevaluate. They are pioneers in the making.

It is a myth that baby boomers are technology challenged. Take a look at this statistic from Facebook.

Social media is the fastest growing means today in which to communicate.

The statistics for 2009 show many Facebook profiles now include the largest increase of women over the age of 55.

These are the next generation of pioneers.

Learning to reevaluate, recalculate and reinvent themselves the baby boomers have the knowledge, the wisdom, and the tools to give back.

Active Adult Communities are increasing in popularity.
Active Adult Communities are increasing in popularity.

Recommended Link

7 Steps to Choosing the Right Active Adult Retirement Community -

http://www.55places.com/blog/choosing-the-right-active-adult-retirement-community

Pioneers are the first ones to settle in a territory. They are living and exploring active adult retirement communities where they can play, work and establish building friendships.

Active adult communities are growing rapidly where people 55 or older live together. Healthier lifestyles and exercise awareness are influencing baby boomers to remain active with work and play. Approaching a new lifestyle of living in active adult communities and where home maintenance is no longer a factor.

With the baby boomer population these active adult communities are increasing in popularity and the competition is growing strong. Choosing a local retirement community means they can stay closer to family and friends.

It is expected that by 2014 there will be around 85 million people aged 55 or older and the trend to live in active communities will grow.

Discovering a resort style of living complete with golf courses and activities like swimming, fishing, and boating it is no wonder baby boomers are often moving to these retirement communities.

Rather than moving out of state or what was previously the retirement community in Florida, they are opting to stay closer to home. The construction business is aware of this and builders are developing many of these new communities and this can expect to continue.

It was a Different World

The new movement of traditional retirement age is in a flux, due to economic impacts and many being forced to dip into their retirement funds early.

Many baby boomers are not planning for early retirement and many will work in some form even considering part time work.

According to AARP, 70 percent of baby boomers want to make a difference and make the world a better place.

Pioneers are usually among the first to an area. They migrate and establish a permanent residence by settling into places where they find security and comfort.

Offering opportunities for others to achieve, these pioneers are innovators and trendsetters.

They are volunteers, diversified, intelligent, and tech-savvy, they greatly influence this generation.

These baby boomers are the revolutionaries and they are on the dramatic front to be the next generation of pioneers.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Fascinating! By the by, you MUST read Generations, if you haven't already. A real eye-opener, it is!


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks Simone. I appreciate your comments. I have not read Generations but I'll have to go check it out.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is indeed fascinating and informative. I will reread and recommend it!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Excellent hub. As someone who just squeaked in on the lower age bracket, I have always been proud to be a member of this generation. I'm not crazy about all of the politicians who occupy this age group, but we can't all be perfect. ;)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I am a baby boomer and was enthralled by your hub.A really informative and interesting read. Thank you so much for this.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Great article for us baby boomers to look at and be proud of our pioneering achievements! This would have gone well with my "child of the 50's hub"! Thank you for sharing a well written article


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

As a BB myself, I totally enjoyed this well written, informative hub. Thank you so much!

Sharyn


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks for reading and commenting on these Baby Boomers which I am as well.

Here's a Shout out and thank you to:

Hyphenbird, Genna East, Spirit Whisperer, Fossillady, and Sharyn's Slant. I appreciate all your thoughts and comments.

Hope each of you boomers got a chance to watch that video. It really captures a lot of the times we grew up in. Times are changing, this is for sure, and it was a different world back then.

But The Baby Boomer Generation are still kickin' it as they say and we are not done yet.

Thanks for your words of encouragement.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Your article is awesome. However, as Baby Boomer myself, I am ashamed of my generation. We were given a world that was the greatest any human beings had ever been bequeathed. I am sure I do not need to list the social pathologies my generation has visited upon this country. Now, we must denigrate the Fifties to save our own reputations. The world was a much better place in 1960. We thought we would change the world by rejected the world our elders had made for us. And we did.


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts James. I appreciate your comments. Yes it was a different world back then, but many are to blame not just baby boomers.

Why didn't we take a stand on things, but we did. Were we too blind? Was it selfish of us to ignore what was happening to the world around us?

The baby boomers generation was busy. Too busy maybe? It was all about progress. Then we look back and say, what happened here, why did I do that there?

But the world is in a downfall and the evidence is all around. We can still make a difference.. one life at a time. I believe in that.

Thanks for your comments..


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Such a moving and inspiring hub, I know your right too. The baby boomers I know are all getting ready to retire. Then sprout out in the world with new homes for there grandchildren and camping trips all over the country. Absolutely a pioneering generation today! Thanks for sharing this here, we should keep more people enlightened of this fact now.


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Kathryn L Hill 4 years ago from LA

I really appreciate the positive outlook in regards to us. We are getting a bad rap by the younger generations. We had to rebel; it was our calling. The world is changing. We were the High. The Awakening and the Crisis is upon us. We have to keep our chins up and continue to pave the way. Read "The Fourth Turning" by William Strauss and Neil Howe.


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FaithDream 4 years ago from (Midwest) USA Author

Thanks Kathryn. Appreciate the comments. I agree, baby boomers need to continue to pave the way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights.

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