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Query from: Rao, United States of America, 03/05/05
Topic: CURRENT AFFAIRS      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Hi,

Who is a baby boomer? Why are they called baby boomers? Why does this topic come about so much when discussing social security issues in USA today? I feel too embarrassed to ask this to my American friends thinking that this is something too basic and everyone is supposed to know. Please help clarify.

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Response from: - Bahu -,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear,

I thik baby boomers refers to the people who had childer/were born in the period of the so called baby booms - when there is an explosion in the number of births in the country.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Response from: Jyoti ,   
Registered Member on Ammas.com
Hi! Baby Boomers are the generation which was born post-WWII. After all the soldiers came back from WWII suddenly 1 year later there was a population explosion due to so many babies being born. Those people would be born in the late 1940's to mid 1950's. That period is in fact called "The Baby Boom". Now these people are on the verge of retirement, and thus, they are very involved in the social security debate.

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Response from: Badshah .,   
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Dear Rao, Media define baby boomers as those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964. In 2005, that would make between 41 and 59 years old. There are about 76 million boomers in the U.S.;currently represent about 29% of the U.S. population. (In Canada, they are sometimes known as "Boomies"; there are 6 million of there. In Britain, this generation is known as "the bulge.")The term is used (nobody knows who coined the phrase) to define the "boom" in births after WWII.Boomer Stats page identifies the number of U.S. births during the 40s, 50s and 60s.For more details please visit site below: http://www.bbhq.com/whatsabm.htm…

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Response from: Sri(Pri) .,   
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http://www.nhhs-1964.com/Baby.Boome…

Between 1946 and 1964; the United States experienced an exceptionally high birth rate that has since come to be known as the ‘Baby Boom’. In part, because of the sheer numbers, the generation born during this period has had a profound impact on society and the economy. Most Baby Boomers began their lives in the forties and fifties. So, for many of us, the ‘Fifties’ were our childhood and the ‘Sixties’ were our coming of age years!

http://www.thematuremarket.com/Seni… Baby boomers--people born between 1946 and 1964--make up one of the largest and most prosperous generations in U.S. history. As a group, boomers have enjoyed higher income during their working years than any preceding generation, and they have been accumulating substantial savings, in part to provide for their retirement. As they move out of the workforce and into retirement over the next 25 years, boomers will begin to draw on those savings, collect private pensions, and become eligible for benefits from government programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

That impending wave of retirements has become a source of concern for two reasons. First, the population of retirees will grow much more quickly than the taxpaying workforce, at a time when average benefits per retiree are expected to continue rising. Those developments will place severe and mounting budgetary pressures on the federal government.Second, some researchers have questioned whether many boomers are accumulating enough wealth to pay for an adequate retirement. Not only could inadequate saving leave boomers poorly prepared, but it could compound the government's budgetary problems by limiting the growth of investment, productivity, and wages (which drive federal revenues).

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Response from: Raj Manda,   
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There was a sudden increase in birth rate in the USA in the years after world war II. These babies born during those years - between 1946 and 1964 - are called baby boomers. There are approximately 78 million of them. right now they are in the age range of 40 to 60 years. It is a concern for the Social Security because, as you can see, they will all become eligible for social security in the next few years, putting a tremendous strain on the social security resources

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Response from: Swati ,   
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baby boomers r those born after world war 2; a population explosion since there were no major wars after ww2. these people r close to retirement and are need of health care services.

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Response from: Aruna ,   
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http://www.bbhq.com/whatsabm.htm… Stated very simply, the sociologists and the media define baby boomers as those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964. (There is no law or constitutional amendment so stating; and other boundaries have been suggested. But this is the time frame most commonly used.) In 2005, that would make them between 41 and 59 years old. There are about 76 million boomers in the U.S.; who currently represent about 29% of the U.S. population. (In Canada, they are sometimes known as "Boomies"; there are 6 million of us there. In Britain, this generation is known as "the bulge.")

The term is used (nobody knows who coined the phrase) to define the "boom" in births after WWII. The Boomer Stats page identifies the number of U.S. births during the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The 1960s is the decade that defined the boomers. The music, events, and the social changes made a permanent impression on us. Those of us born during the "peak" boomer years, '52-'57, were in our formative years during the sixties. There were so many changes in the sixties that how old you were during the decade greatly affected how you turned out. 1961 was a whole lot different from 1969!

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Response from: Sonali ,   
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A baby boomer is in his/her late 40's-50s. They were the generation during the Reagan era. During the Reagan era, the economy was booming and most of the people in that age group made lots of money. They talk about them because the money for social security is running out I think 2015 or somewhere around there and their generation is probably the last generation that will be able to get social security. Add to that the fact that they were able to save and are tend to have more money makes them the most enviable generation in the US since they have the monetary clout.

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