Boomers Overview Resources

Book
Author/Presenter:
Haber, Carole and Gratton, Brian
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Resource:
Old Age and the Search for Security: An American Social History
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Publisher:
Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993
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Notes:
Presents a social history of the American elderly and offers a new view of aging in the United States, revising traditional assumptions about the economic status of elders. Challenges the long-held contention that industrialization destroyed family relationships

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/27429515
Book
Author/Presenter:
Lancaster, Lynne and Stillman, David
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Resource:
When Generations Collide: Who They Are, Why They Clash, How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work
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Publisher:
New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2002
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Notes:
Discusses the generational differences between "Traditionalists" (1900-45), "Baby Boomers" (1946-64), "Generation Xers" (1965-80), and "Millennials" (1981-99), and how members of each group interact in contemporary work settings. Argues that understanding these multi-generational differences may help improve workplace relations and productivity.

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/47136620

Understanding Boomers: A Psycho-Demographic Overview - 2007 (1:02)

Presenter: Matt Thornhill
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How Libraries Can Respond - 2007 (0:24)

Presenter: Matt Thornhill
Matt Thornhill
Book
Author/Presenter:
Myers, Dowell
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Resource:
Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America
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Publisher:
New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 2007
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Notes:
Discusses the anxieties many Americans have regarding immigrants and how these fears often overshadow an even more significant demographic change -- the first wave of Baby Boomers to retire -- with its potential drain to the workforce and strain on the federal budget. Argues that these two powerful demographic shifts may hold the key to resolving the problems presented by the other. Calls for a new social contract between the older and younger generations, based on their mutual interests and the moral responsibility of each generation to provide for children and the elderly

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/72798932
Article
Author/Presenter:
Rosenthal, Jack
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Resource:
On Language: Wellderly
Publication:
New York Times Magazine (22 July 2007)
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Publisher:
New York Times
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Notes:
Discusses the challenge of finding a term to appropriately describe older adults -- not out of denial or vanity but because the current experience of older people shows that any generalization ignites unthinking discrimination. It causes society to render these folks, simply because of chronological age, suddenly incapable of more demanding tasks when in reality this is not the case.
Book
Author/Presenter:
Roszak, Theodore
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Resource:
America the Wise: The Longevity Revolution and the True Wealth of Nations
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Publisher:
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998
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Notes:
Argues that far from being an unaffordable burden, longevity -- with its ability to prolong productive, fulfilling lives -- is the true wealth of nations, and a paramount historical achievement rather than a recipe for fiscal disaster. Offers a comprehensive examination of our changing demographic patterns and explores the idea of a new society based, not on the survival of the fittest, but on wisdom, compassion, and the survival of the kindest

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/39033405
Book
Author/Presenter:
Roszak, Theodore
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Resource:
Longevity Revolution: As Boomers Become Elders
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Publisher:
Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Hills Books, 2001
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Notes:
Offers an alternative to the conventional view of elders as burdens, seeing them instead as a culture’s great resource. Explores such critical issues as economics, politics, medicine, ethics, biotechnology, the class divide, and the fetish for youthfulness that dominate American culture. Envisions a world in which elders are honored for their insights, values, and abilities in creating a more compassionate society

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/46385891
Book
Author/Presenter:
Smith, J. Walker and Clurman, Ann
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Resource:
Generation Ageless: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Live Today ... and They're Just Getting Started
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Publisher:
New York, NY: Collins, 2007
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Notes:
Examines the Baby Boomer generation and identifies Boomer values and ambitions that will define how this generation will age

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/141483390
Book
Author/Presenter:
Steinhorn, Leonard
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Resource:
Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy, The
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Publisher:
New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2006
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Notes:
Tells the story of the Baby Boomer generation and their accomplishments. It's fashionable to mock Boomers as self-involved and materialistic, but what really is their true legacy? To understand how the Boomers have changed America, think back to the 1950s, but without the nostalgia: women were kept at home, minorities were denied their dignity, homosexuality was a crime, and anyone who marched to a different drummer was labeled un-American. Today we live in a far more open, inclusive, tolerant, and equal America. That's because Baby Boomers fought a great cultural war to free America from its prejudices, inequalities, and fears

WorldCat:
www.worldcat.org/oclc/61513143

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