I’ve gotten to the point where sometimes I am just happy to be alive and what happens from now on, I will take one day at a time.
There is just a point, somewhere around the age of 50, when you realize that some things just are not worth the sweat of the worry.
Sometimes you just can’t do anything about some things. Sometimes what ever got you in a tiff really has an outcome that has nothing to do with you or won’t kill you.
Thank goodness we survived parenthood and everything that came with it right?
About 10 years ago, someone came up with the idea that in the year 2030 baby boomers would have a ‘certain kind of an effect’ on the economy and everything else. What they were trying to say is that boomers would become a burden on society. So they decided to do a study on what the burden of baby boomers would most likely look like in the year 2030.
What the researchers found was that the economic burden of aging in 2030 should be no greater than the economic burden associated with raising large numbers of baby boom children in the 1960s.
A lot of things have changed since the 1960’s, as we all know.
Some things can be easily equated in proportion to today and 2030. Other things, such as wages and college education, may not be so proportional.
The researches wanted us all to prepare for what could happen.
The real challenges of caring for the elderly in 2030 will involve: (1) making sure society develops payment and insurance systems for long-term care that work better than existing ones, (2) taking advantage of advances in medicine and behavioral health to keep the elderly as healthy and active as possible, (3) changing the way society organizes community services so that care is more accessible, and (4) altering the cultural view of aging to make sure all ages are integrated into the fabric of community life.
To meet the long-term care needs of Baby Boomers, social and public policy changes must begin soon. Meeting the financial and social service burdens of growing numbers of elders will not be a daunting task if necessary changes are made now rather than when Baby Boomers actually need long-term care.
This has me thinking.
Has society, the government, or anyone else done anything to prepare for this since the results of this study were published?
Or, is this one more reason why we have to take our retirement future into our own hands?
Where will you be in 2030?
2030 seems like a long way away. I’m not sure where I will be or what I will be doing. I hope I will be alive though.
This research is now 10 years old.
We can make some personal reflections on these conclusions like, have we made any adjustments as suggested?
2030 is only 15 years away. Are we ready?