People look at the pictures of boomers like monoliths often. However, in reality, the baby boomers are different from each other slightly.The staff writer, Kim Campbell of Christian Science Monitor, in her report dated January 26, 2005, featured Jerry Benston, the baby boomer who was in his 50s and an Afro-American New Yorker.He said that he was a collegian in 1968 and the university in which he studied was said to have a culture that was more diverse.He recollected that he was among those, who had protested, the reason being that he wanted, as a boomer, to help to raise awareness in the social issues that are significant nowadays.One among these is the perspective with which the baby boomers are generally viewed.From the outside, only the similarities of the baby boomers can be viewed clearly. For example, they all lived through the civil rights era and the Vietnam War. Their generation was the first one to grow up with televisions.All these things, shared by them, are nothing but history and can be discerned, just by looking up a history book or by looking for it in the net. This is not the case for the differences that they have within each other. Its evidence is not common knowledge like their similarities.Researchers, including advocates, say that avoiding the generalization of the seventy nine million retiree groups is of the utmost importance. Its purpose is to study the diverse nature of baby boomers in ethnicity, economics, across age and many more. Hence, their actions are things that ought to be gauged carefully.Elizabeth Hughes, a professor in Duke University and also the author of the current version of Boomer Lives Analysis, said that there are reports that indicate the inequality in the wealth and income of boomers and suggests directly that, though many boomers lived a comfortable life even after retirement, there were boomers who were struggling to make two ends of a month meet.The homogeneous nature of the baby boomers is the only thing that is being portrayed by the media and almost all reports suggest that their upbringing is common and also that they are married, have children and are well educated and wealthy too.Hughes and many other people argue that if the generalization of boomers is perceived by people excessively, the effects will be shown on the policies of retirement and it is viewed in a negative sense generally.Also, taking boomers in a generalized term will hide the truth that is concerning the group. Hughes also stated that the society is mirrored by the diversity among the members of the group.A boomer diversity researcher Sarah Zapolsky stated that those who look at boomers in a generalized way are under the notion that all the seventy nine million boomers will retire on a single day.Zapolsky added that it was an illustration that showed the fallacy in perceiving the baby boomers as one generalized unit.One of the major examples that illustrate the diversity that exists between boomers is their age. Researches have shown that Boomers cover not one generation alone, but more. Because of this, there may be boomers who have already become grandparents, while the others may have just entered parenthood.Another example that illustrates baby boomers’ diversity is their different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It can be clearly seen in the way in which their aging parents are taken care of, by them. A few of them may choose in having a Medicare instead of hiring a nurse for taking acre of their parents, when many others may not do so.Researches have repeatedly shown that the unequal nature of the boomers is based on their riches and education. Hughes said that the income of the blacks now is higher than what was given to them before and some were already in the middle strata.However, she stated that if viewed with the proper perspective, it can be seen that there is no big change in the income of black boomers than the white boomers.Ann Fishman, Generational Targeting Marketing’s president, explained the reason as to why the boomers diversity is not a widely known or discussed topic. The reason is that the characteristics with which the boomers are identified are not considered important.The public may have viewed boomers like monoliths; however, they are and will remain unique.
Baby boomers are a happy and contented generation. They actively participate in various aspects of life, even politics. They are also the most health-conscious generation that ever lived. Studies have revealed that baby boomers pay more visits to their family doctors when compared to the previous generation.Brief History of Baby BoomersThe United States enjoyed a lot of economic prosperity after the Second World War. The war itself was a great factor responsible for this economic prosperity. A large number of cities were ruined in the war. The United States immediately converted factories that had produced wartime products into factories that produced peacetime products, and this move created a number of lucrative jobs for Americans. Unemployment was unheard of during this time, and jobs were plentiful for all people who were Caucasian, had the ability, and were willing to work hard. The United States exported a number of products and made huge profits.The American government placed a lot of emphasis on education. It encouraged families all over America to create children. This resulted in a rapid rise in population, especially referred to as “baby boomer generation.” The baby boomers were born between the end of the Second World War and just before the Vietnam war, from 1946 to 1964. In 1946, the United States saw the birth of more than three million babies, and the number continued to rise during the years to come.Baby boomers were born and brought up in a comfortable world. When they entered their youth, the Vietnam War had begun and people were fighting for their civil rights all over America. The baby boomers participated acitively in the causes of civil rights and freedom. They also fought against discrimination with regard to race, age, creed, and gender.Baby Boomers and Hearing LossBaby boomers have now entered into the last phases of their lives. Some of them are are facing age-related disorders such as loss of hearing. Baby boomers enjoy leading active lives and would like to continue living actively till the end of their lives. Many baby boomers therefore consult audiologists for help in managing and controlling their condition.John M. Burkey has authored a book titled Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss. It was written with the intention of helping people, especially baby boomers, to deal with hearing disorders. The book comprises advice and guidelines on how people with hearing disorders can manage their condition and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss comprises in-depth information on preventing the worsening of hearing disorders. It explains the process of hearing and the various causes for the occurrence of hearing disorders–from loud noises to genetic factors. The book also presents information on the prevention of hearing disorders and how to deal with a pre-existing condition. Hearing disorder is related to the process of aging. The book also points out ways in which a person can improve his or her quality of life in spite of having a hearing disorder.The reviews of baby boomers who have read this book reveal the fact the book is indeed very helpful. Readers even reported an improvement in the quality of their life after reading this book and following its advise. Baby boomers, who wish to live actively in spite of their hearing disorders, will be happy to read this book. So, if you feel that you have a hearing disorder, purchase a copy of Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss.