Baby Boomers: Can You Imagine?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

We Baby Boomers were born at a rate of 300-plus a minute, another huge feat for the greatest generation. But have you ever thought about what it will be like when this generation gets old? Do you think we will take it lying down?

I am a Baby Boomer and lived through that part of American history that helped shape this country. The shear volume of my generation is what causes my concern and so I tried to imagine what I had to look forward to.  What would be different from what today’s elderly now has as amenities?

Well, grocery stores would have to make deliveries or install aisle lane markings. No way do they have room for all the motorized shopping carts that will be required. But the good news is pizzas, chips and beer will be sold in bulk, we are the “munchies” generation.

At the rate we were born I just know there is going to be a shortage of depends. I fear we will become hoarders, that we will stock pile them when we can find them. So the snail pace dash to the restroom on our walkers will become my generation’s version of a geriatric stockcar race.

If you think it is hard finding an open stall at a large event now just wait until we Boomers get there. It will look like an old western saloon with horses tied up in front but instead of horses it will be walkers.

The assisted living home will be required to have a mini-van for group road trips. It shall be required to have numerous peace sign decals and a bobble head doggie on the dashboard. Do not bother planning an outing to the bingo hall; we want a rock concert or a casino.

Since our motto was “Drugs, sex and rock-n-roll,” Boomers will require someone to dispense their medication; otherwise assisted living parties will become a policeman’s nightmare. I fear the wonder drug Viagra will have to become a controlled substance, we were the peace and love generation, you know.

Gardens at the assisted living community will have to be patrolled by the DEA. We know how to grow and cure our own glaucoma medication. Should I mention those mushrooms we are growing are not for salads?

So if you are not concerned yet with Baby Boomers imagine this; an entire generation on the highway not having one earthly idea of where they are going and not really caring.

After all we have our mini-van, friends, walkers in tow and we all brought our glaucoma medication. ROAD TRIP!




June 1, 2010 at 5:45 PM  
#1Nana said, 

I laughed at the picture. I too am a boomer. I recently ran across a site called "People of Walmart" It's pictures of people shopping at Walmart. I think I will never go to Walmart again in case someone takes my picture. Why do so many of my generation dress so oddly?
Jann aka #1Nana

June 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM  
mamadew1 said, 

This generation will make it just like mine has because I am a WWII baby. Now I agree with you that this generation did shape the nation but it wasn't for the best. Your generation discovered the use for pot was not for making rope but for making dope. But the generation I feel sorry for is the upcoming generation. They don't know what to do with fresh vegetables or how to cook unless it comes in a box or throw it in the micro wave. This generation will not even know how to turn on a motorized wheel chair unless it come with phone tex instructions. But we can laugh because every generation has had it's time and we still keep going on.
Thanks for the laugh!

June 3, 2010 at 6:36 AM  
Jules said, 

#1NANA: The pictures of "People from Wal-Mart" scare me and I hope I never run into them. Our clothing choice must not have been so bad, they are bringing them back.

MAMADEW1: This is a concern of mine, I hate to think they will be taking care of us.

June 6, 2010 at 6:09 AM  
anadrol said, 

I like the baby-boomer mode of life. Getting old doesn't mean you should stay at home. At least they enjoy their life!

June 7, 2010 at 3:06 AM  
Jules said, 

I agree Anadrol but not staying at home means more time is required to get away and requires more stuff.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

June 7, 2010 at 6:48 AM  
martha said, 

Did you know that being born on January 1, 1946 at 4am I missed being the first baby boomer born by just a few hours??? They should have done that c-section a few hours earlier!!!! I am sure Mom would amen that...

Somehow being at the beginning of the boom I actually missed most of the things you so fondly remember, and lean more to MamaDew's memories...

Thanks for the future prophecy. I guess I will get there much sooner than you...

June 17, 2010 at 7:37 AM  
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