The years following World War II saw a surge in births now commonly referred to as the baby boom. Between 1946-1964, around 76 million babies were born in the US. During its peak, from the mid-1950s through 1964, more than 4 million births were recorded each year.
The boomers made an indelible mark on the culture. This generation will forever be associated with historical and cultural milestones such as the Vietnam War and the protests against it, the Woodstock music festival, and a major shift in attitudes on subjects from sexuality to drug use. Now, though, as the oldest of that generation reach retirement age, the boomers are set to make their mark on the nation’s health care system—and the forecast is uncertain.
Author: Curtis Ross