"Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. They unfold incrementally, almost imperceptibly, tick by tock, without trumpets or press conferences. But every so often, as the weight of change builds, a society takes a hard look at it self and notices that things are different, " writes Paul Taylor, the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, where he oversess demographic, social, and generational research. He is a former reporter with the Washington Post.
In this hugely informative and insightful book, he examines the upcoming generational clash between Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) and the Millennials (1980 - 1995) who are as different from each other a day and night. In addition, both of these age cohorts will have to deal with the Silent Generation (1928 - 1946) and the Gen Xers (1965 to1980).
As members of the Millennial generation age into the work force at the rate of 10,00 a day, the Baby Boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000 a day. Neither of these groups is happy with what they are discovering: not enough jobs that pay well for the first cohort and not enough money to make it through all the years that stretch ahead of them for the others. Although both Millennials and Baby Boomers are worried about our nation's social safety net running out of money, politicians are doing nothing to prepare for this possible economic and health catastrophe.