Forget all about the discussion about "boomers" born in the years from 1946-1964. The real issue is all about those of us born in the decade of the 1940's.
There is a world of difference culturally, politically, and sociologically about people born in the 1940's from those born in the late 50's and most especially the 1960's.
Born in the 1940's essentially means you are already collecting Social Security or are pretty darn close to collecting Social Security! It is almost a given that anyone born in the 50's and or 60's will see a major change in their retirement years. Most forty-somethings and many fifty-somethings have a very different perspective on the world than those of us a decade or nearly two decades older.
The majority of those born in the 1960's, our President included, never did the "duck & cover" routine in school in the 1950's. Dwight Eisenhower is the answer to a Jeopardy Question or the latest version of the Trivial Pursuit Game, not a President we remember clearly.
It is very likely that the answer to many of the social, political, and economic ill's that face our nation will be resolved by those born in the 1970's and later. The group from the 1950's and 1960's is currently holding or probably will hold positions of power in our Government. The two Boomer Presidents that were in power from 1993 until 2009 did not shine very brillantly. Their performance left much to be desired.
So, will the 1940's "seniors" redeem themselves by acting as mentors to those that are the thirty-somethings or will the 1940's folk merely be a dusty page in the history books? Time will answer this question.
I like to think and sometimes even believe that those of us born in the 1940's do have something to offer. Let's make darn sure we do not leave a legacy of selling ourselves short and wind up as extra baggage in society!