After the end of World War II and the troops returned home, an explosion in babies being born occurred. This phenomenon is known as the “baby boom.” Anyone who was born between 1946 and 1964 is a member of the baby boomer generation. This large explosion of newborn babies has no real explanation. But, some might argue that people wanted a sense of normalcy after such a long period of war.
Now that the baby boomers are starting to reach retirement age, many of them need help. They might need a nursing home or a home health aide. It is important to know that with so much demand for this care, it may be limited. There are not enough people who are qualified to provide this help right now.
In the post World War II era, the general fertility rate in the United States rose. It was at an all-time low in 1936 at 75.8 children per 1,000 women of childbearing age. But, it reached a new high of 122.7 in 1957. It then fell back down again to a new all-time low of 65.0 in 1976. All races, religions, and ethnicities took part in the boom. The total births per year during that period grew from 2.3 million to 4.3 million. It then fell again to 3.2 million.
There were about 79 million baby boomers in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century. This is about 29 percent of the total population today in the twenty-first century. This large population of people can lead to some problems when it comes time for them to retire. Many of them might need the care of a nursing home or some similar type of care. But, there might not always be enough people working in this field to provide them with adequate care.
Following the boom in 1965, 38% of the total population were part of the baby boomer generation. By 2050 their share is projected to drop to only five percent. About eighteen million baby boomers are projected at age 85 or older by 2050. This is still a large population of baby boomers in the country.
As this generation retires, their numbers will grow relative to the size of the working age population. In 2030 there will be three retired baby boomers for every 10 working citizen. There will be about four retirees in total for every 10 working citizens. This ratio is projected to remain constant thereafter. Despite declining share, they will remain a large part of the population throughout their lifetime.
Baby Boomer Evolution
The baby boomers are known as those who grew up watching TV, protesting the Vietnam War, and ushering in social change. There are also more females than males in this generation. This could be a problem when it comes time for them to go into a nursing home. It is more common for females to be abused than it is for a man. This may be because they are believed to be weaker than men.
By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. This means that they will need to be in a nursing home. This may subject them to the abuse that might be present in the facility they go into or by their home health aide.
This generation is going to make up a big percentage of the nursing home population. There may not be enough staff for all of them. It is important when looking for a nursing home to be aware of the numbers of staff they have. If it seems like there is not enough, you may want to consider a new home to look into.