May 03, 2017

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The Boomers Boomer is right and middle age. This generation includes almost 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. The Boomers are the largest generation in U.S. history. They have had a major impact on American society, as they have gone through all the stages of life. They are going through the maturity in their own unique way, unlike their parents and differently from Generation X, the group born in the years after 1964. The first Boomer turned 50 in early 1996, and the remaining 78 million to observe this anniversary sometime between now and 2014. Typical Feelings According to Rocking the Ages authors J. Walker Smith and Ann Clurman (researchers at Yankelovich Partners) and authors like Gail Sheehy, people passing through middle age typically experience the following types of feelings. Great expectations: Most Boomers are beginning to recognize their own limitations. Growing up in the comfortable 1950, the Boomers learned to expect unlimited growth and endless possibilities. They believed that his luck would never end. Now that you are turning 50, many are surprised to discover that there are limits to the possibilities of life. Regret: As people reach midlife, they must face the loss of some of his dreams and regrets the mistakes they have made. It is not easy for anyone to deal with a person never will be. Loss: At midlife, everyone has to face the loss of beauty and youth, valued by our society. In his new book Passages, Gail Sheehy, author calls this experience "The Council of Blues" or "vanity crisis." Meaning: According to Sheehy, the "universal concern" of the middle years is "the search for meaning in what we do." As they face the fact that time is limited, the Baby Boomers typically become even more the intent of this need to analyze and...