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I wrote my first article for this online blog in June, 2015. I wrote about ageism, the wealth of aging boomers, and the generation born before the baby boomers, which I call the ‘Lucky Few’.
The next month, I wrote about 50s fashion, what old people worry about, and how no one wants to take our advice. I had a vague theme, a workable design and a great desire to finally write.
It didn’t take me long to realize that I had to maintain two separate lives, my regular life of activity and responsibility, and my online writing life, for which I had to get up at 5 am, so that I could write without distraction. I’ve done that every morning since, although I’m finding that now I can steal a few minutes from my regular life to write.
People of my generation are old enough to have known the automobile in its infancy. We remember a car that had to be cranked with a handle in order to start—and once moving, was temperamental, cramped and offered a bumpy ride.
We took this discomfort in stride. We appreciated the miracle, the absolute wonder of being able to move through the countryside in something other than a horse drawn wagon. And how taking hours to travel a few miles was never considered a hardship.
Some of us recall the coming-of-age experience of buying our first car. Others, living in the newly-built suburbs of the 1950s, remember the convenience of driving a car (instead of taking a train) to get to work. And families, moving to the city from farming communities, considered the car, not only a necessity, but a symbol of freedom and status.
The baby boom still resonates in our society. So much has been said and written about the boomers, with constant speculation about what they will do next. With so much attention centered on them, and especially on their numbers, no one gives much thought to the women who were responsible for them—their mothers.
These were the women who grew up during the depression of the 1930s, coming of age just as WWII was ending—women who would be in their seventies or eighties now. They were in their twenties and early thirties when soldiers came home from the war, yearning for stability, ready to marry and settle down. These young women were unknowing recipients of new and constricting expectations, some imposed by a society tired of self-denial and war, and some imposed by corporations capitalizing on a nation’s desire for the safety and comfort of family.
We are only days away from an election which will determine many aspects of our day to day lives for the next four years and beyond. As a senior voter, do you feel empowered? Are you hoping for a change in leadership? Or do you feel that it will be the “same old, same old”, and that nothing changes with a new government anyway?
You Are Part of a Very Influential Group
In actual fact, you, as a member of the oldest demographic in Canada have many reasons to feel that we can affect change. Statistics Canada reports that 1.9 million people aged 65 to 74 voted during the 2011 federal election. We have the highest voter turnout percentage of all age groups during federal elections —up to 75.1 in 2011, and 77.5 percent in 2006. For people 75 and older, the percentage was a very healthy 60.3%.
Long life is our greatest achievement. We, the Lucky Few, have lived longer than all previous generations.
In “Redesigning Long Life“, the Stanford Center on Longevity reports,
Over the next 30 years, the US population age 65+ will double from 40 million to 80 million, and the share of old people will increase from 13% to 20%. By the time the last baby boomer turns 65 in 2029, one in five Americans will be age 65 or older. By 2032, there will be more people age 65 or older than children under 15.