What (or rather who) is a front-wave boomer? Those born between 1946 and 1965. In Canada, this group makes up more than 25 percent of the population. In Gillian Ranson’s new book, Front Wave Boomers: Growing (very) Old, Staying Connected, she examines this group and the impact they will have on how we look at aging.
She spoke to the Alberta Prime Times about issues this group of boomers is facing and what obstacles they will face in the near future. Ranson says this group is used to being at the forefront of social change, and she believes they will instigate change in the way the world not only thinks about aging, but how we manage it.
In the book, she shares stories from adults who are much older, in their 70s and older. And with the Alberta Prime Times, she touches upon the impact the pandemic has had on older people, and the devastating effect on long-term care homes and how it “exposed staggering deficiencies in the system of eldercare in this country.” She points out that this has likely made front-wave boomers think about the care they want as they get older.
For more from Ranson and the insights she shares in her book, you can read the full Alberta Prime Times interview here.