Friday, 15 July 2011

Is Britain a country like the U.S.A. where baby boomers think old age begins at 70 ?

An article in the British newspaper the 'Daily Mail' the other day was entitled :
Middle age doesn't stop until you're 70! Today's over-50s show no sign of slowing down.

It repeated the following points, which had been made by an American study by '', an online network for 'mid-lifers', about American post Second World War 'baby boomers', that they :

* believe that their 'middle age' will last until they are 70, retain their intention to cling to their youth and after drawing their pensions are refusing to quietly see out their days as generations before them had.

* with improvements in health care, are able to spend more time with their grandchildren, travel and do the things they have been putting off for years because of work commitments.

* find their biggest worries were, that :

- illness would take away their independence (45%)
- they would lose their memory (44%)
- they would lose their financial self-sufficiency (41%)
and only 18% say they worry about dying.

The implication in the article was that British baby boomers would share the same attitudes as their American counterparts but do they ?

Well, this old baby boomer answers with qualified : "Yes"

P.S. a Baby Boomer cartoon :

P.P.S. My earlier posts about baby boomers :

Baby Boomer Millionaires :

Baby Boomer polluters :

Baby boomers beware David Willetts : Part One

Britain is no country for old and poor baby boomers who are about to retire :

Born in the USA :

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