This is TALK OF THE NATION. I’m John Donvan in Washington; Neal Conan is away. The boomers, the Americans born between 1946 and 1964, from the start they have cut a wide swath through the American landscape, which just had to keep on accommodating them.
Once, when they were small children, the nation had to build extra schools in a hurry to give them an education. That was an obvious move. But now that the boomers are brinking over into their own senior years, what’s ahead? What has to be built now, literally and figuratively, to accommodate the largest senior population the U.S. has ever seen: 76 million boomers who right now are turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day, which will ensure that nearly 20 percent of the population will be at least age 65 by the year 2030.
If you ask the boomers about this themselves, they seem to be a pretty optimistic group. Polled by the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today, many said they expect that they’re going to be in good health and in good circumstances as they age.
So how exactly do they see that happening? That’s the question mark. Does boomer optimism need a reality check? Does this emerging generation of seniors need to be making a better plan? Boomers, what is your plan, if you have one? And if you don’t, why not?
Interestingly, NASMM and Senior Move Management emerged over a decade ago to respond to the need for assistance with downsizing and relocating in later life. What other new and exciting opportunities are out there to help this burgeoning demographic group? Would love to hear your thoughts…