The baby boomer generation is identified as persons born after World War 11 (1946 to 1964). The term “boomer” comes from the rapid rise in birth rates occurring after the war. According to the US Census Bureau there are currently an estimated 78 million boomers. Nine million of these are estimated to be black.

Baby boomers are described as persons who are privileged, affluent, well educated and successful.  They are wealthy, healthy, physically fit, with high incomes, great retirement benefits, well fed, clothed, and travelled. They tend to be independent and heavily involved in bringing about social change such as Vietnam, the feminist and Civil Rights Movement.

However, other ethnic and racial boomer groups do not easily identify with the above description. A recent survey by The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) highlighted some social issues of black baby boomers. The majority of those surveyed identified access to quality health care as their most important concern.  Access to quality health and social education, being financially secured in their retirement years were also important. Age based and race employment discrimination, and decreased access to employment opportunities were other challenges for this group.

References: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

H.Barker Ph. D, RN