The Boomer Era

By: Haley Harrison Email
By: Haley Harrison Email

This month, the nation's first baby boomer, Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, becomes eligible for social security. The New Jersey woman was born just after midnight on January 1, 1946, the first of a generation of 78 million people.

By 2010, 15.7 percent of Rockingham County will be 60 or older. In Augusta County, it''ll 22.5 percent. But by 2030, projections says that population will grow at least seven percent. This swell of people entering their senior years has some concerned.

"Now they will be hitting retirement age and that's frightening in some senses of the word. First of all, we have an issue with financing Social Security, people having enough money for retirement, enough health care and that's a critical problem," says Cathie Galvin, director of the Valley Program for Aging Services.

Maine is the oldest state in the nation with a median population of 41.2 years. On the other hand, Utah is the youngest with a median population of 28.5 years.


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