One startling fact: A hallmark of our time

One startling fact: A hallmark of our time

According to the PRC a couple the years ago, 2011 Jan. 1, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation celebrated their 65th birthday. In fact, on that day, every day since, and for every day for the next 17 years, 10,000 baby boomers will reach age 65.

The aging of this huge cohort of Americans (26% of the total U.S. population are Baby Boomers) will dramatically change the composition of the country. By 2030, when all members of the Baby Boom generation have reached that age, fully 18% of the nation will be at least that age, according to Pew Research Center (PRC) population projections. But don’t tell Baby Boomers that they are old.

In fact, according to the source, the typical Boomer believes that “old age” does not begin until age 72, according to a 2009 PRC survey. Also, while about half of all adults say they feel younger than their actual age, fully 61% of Boomers are feeling more spry than their age would imply. In fact, the typical Boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age. }:{ alt@link

Oh, yes.  I officially join this group one month from tomorrow!

CHART:  Persons 65 Years Old and Over—Characteristics by Sex: 1990 to 2010