Monday, January 21, 2008

Boom Bits

I found the boomer data (below) on the sidebar news of my blog. It's from The Enquirer. There are also a couple of good retirement articles (and preparation for) on the same page.

Baby boomers are the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964.

Half of all boomers live in nine states: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

They account for 26 percent of the U.S. population.

79 percent of boomers own their own home.

Of them, 5.6 percent have timeshares; 4.8 percent have vacation homes and 3 percent have condos.

One eighth of boomers lack a high school diploma; one quarter have an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Boomers were the first full generation to have the polio vaccine, birth control pills, laser eye surgery and Viagra.

By 2030, the number of people aged 65 and older will double, making one in every five Americans a senior citizen.

In 1945, there were 20 workers for every retiree, a ratio that has dropped to three to one now and will shrink to fewer than two to one in 2029.

Currently, the average worker pays $3,500 into retirement benefits while the average retiree draws $11,500 in benefits. Some experts say, by 2029, taxes from workers will fall $700 billion short of paying the same benefits that people receive now.


Seven thousand Americans turn 65 each day, 85 % will eventually register in-home caregiver assistance. Shirley Board is a free online community with tools and features to help those caring for an aging loved one. Its purpose is to help caregivers stay organized and communicate with one another.

If you are caregiver, meeting the needs of a chronically sick person, this website might come in handy. It's a great idea, a comprehensive chart, for everyone involved in the loved one's care. The site offers a way for the caregiver to feel supported in his or her stressful undertaking.

Some boomers have aging parents they are taking care of. Some have parents and grandchildren. I want to call these people the Caring Boom Booms (has this been done already?)

My parents and my husband's parents have both died. All of them required assisted care in the later months of their lives. The Shirley Board website would have been a good way to keep the whole family informed. It's free and was designed by a guy who was taking care of his aging mother.

Lately, has been getting some new blog faces. I love to read them all, but there is one I really look forward to. She's a grandma who writes about her days on the farm, caring for her sick brother, quilting, and taking care of the animals. Her blog's title is MamaWNola Life in The Slow Lane.

You can find the blogs under the Community Tab at the top of the page. A blog doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate, just a place to jot down thoughts for others, who might be in similar life circumstances or who just might like to hear what thoughts are in your head. You don't have to use your real name or tell where you live. You don't even have to have add photos.

Here's a new blog written by someone that can make you laugh. His stories are based on his experiences with all kinds of animals. He's a 74 year-old retired teacher. Treat yourself to a visit

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