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Senior Centers Prepare for Baby Boom 60 Years Later

With 8,000 boomers turning 60 everyday, the US must prepare for the looming senior boom. Like it did with every other episode of life, the baby boomer generation intends to leave its own groovy mark on the golden chapter of life. As a result, senior centers want to do their best to weather the next generational clash between their original senior clients, and the newcomers.

One senior-center worker envisions paninis and mock cocktails replacing fruit cups and club sandwiches. Recreational centers for the well aged will most likely drop the word "senior" from their titles. Activity schedules will go beyond card games and Bingo, adding Nintendo Wii competitions, exercise classes, and motorcycle outings.

By 2030, 20 percent of the US population will be over 65, and 35 percent over 50. Such a sharp increase in the rate of elderly people in society suggests that senior centers really could simply become community centers. Maybe the young people will show up for a motorcycle ride, too!


skilts skilts 7 years
These guys are great at helping seniors get set up with email:
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's always interesting to see the evolution of a generation and the comparison to the fruit cup vs. the panini - well i think that it's funny/sad/i don't know. i wonder what they will say when it's time for our generation to reach that age, and see what our trends. the downfall right now is that based on the status of our economy, where many people would have retired around 60, they can't afford to do that now, so the senior centers probably have a bit more time to ramp things up and figure out what their plan of action will be.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
I know this sounds really stupid, but I was raised by my grandparents (I'm 23 now), and they are now doing senior citizen stuff, right now at their senior citizen center, and they are looking at nursing homes for the next few years. They are slightly older than the boomers, and LOVE jello molds and fruit cups and line dancing, and the whole getting old thing has scared the HELL out of me. The thing is, I'd NEVER considered that when I'm old, we'll have whatever version of Wii Fit, and better food, things my generation like. Thank god, why didn't I think of this? Now I don't have to walk off a cliff when I turn 70...jkjk..jello molds and casseroles scare me though.
stephley stephley 9 years
They'll be lucky if they get to retire before being laid off.
juju4 juju4 9 years
I just interviewed at a company that said they expect 60% of their workforce to retire in the next 5 years. YOWZA.
hanabanana723 hanabanana723 9 years
My grandpa who is in his 80s just entered an assisted living facility, and I'm thinking he fits more into the 40's and 50's genre (WWII vet), so it will be interesting to see the change that happens in the next 15 years with my parent's generation. Both are in their 60s and neither seem even close to retirement. I think my mom is in that picture up top too!
janneth janneth 9 years
60 year olds work out now. They eat well. They actually have no idea that they are old. They don't have grey hair (Thank you, L'Oreal). They have grandkids later cuz they had kids later. Advertisers are only beginning to catch on to the money at their disposal.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
my mom turns 65 this year (and she isnt slowing down at all) she wouldnt be satisfied with the retirement homes/communities of today IF she did decided to go into one. I live right down the street from a home and there are a couple of vietnam vets chilling outside all the time, when I ride my bike past them or walk or jog we always have a good converstation and it usually involves them laughing about the activities they have inside, or how boring it is, or how they wont let them play thier music too loud and force them to listen instead to the music of the 40's and 50's. I cannot imagine what my generation (children of the 70's and 80s) will be like!
stephley stephley 9 years
Of course, the Boomers will set up alternative senior centers, because they don't want The Man controlling what games they play, and someone will protest the motorcycle rides as environmentally unsound... These are not people you'll want to be around when they start reliving their childhoods.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
The first picture that is!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I think my parents are in that picture...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
We talked about quite a bit of this baby boomer business in one of my college poli sci classes. About the SS crisis that will happen. It's amazing how many will hit these ages at one time.
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