February 2001

February 2001 Segal Special Report, "The Aging of Aquarius: The Baby Boom Generation Matures"

The baby boom generation is the largest generation in U.S. history. In many ways, the boomers' maturation and aging will shape American life, especially the workplace, during the first decades of the 21st century. This Segal Special Report analyzes the baby boom generation and other national, demographic trends. Using a question-and-answer format, it discusses when employers will feel the impact of the maturing of the "Aquarius generation" and addresses the importance of preparing for the baby boomers' retirement. The report also discusses characteristics common to members of the baby boom generation and succeeding, significantly smaller generation (Generation X); life expectancy and health; the federal government's response to the aging of the baby boomers; and the implications of global demographic trends for the U.S. In conclusion, the report notes some of the steps employers are taking to respond to the challenges posed by the aging of the baby boom generation.

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