Once Baby Boomers, Now (Marginalized) Seniors
Editor's Note: On January 1, 2011, the Baby Boomer generation started turning 65 and their transition to Senior Citizenship began. From the perspective of at least one Boomer gal, it's not just the aging that's a drag, it's the condescending attitude of the young 'uns that's hard to take. --Heather:
At some point, we Baby Boomers crossed a line into senior citizenship. I don't know how it happened, because I don't feel any different than I did at 50. And yet, like our elders before us, we've begun being marginalized by younger age groups in society.
"I think we should embrace getting old," said a woman at a recent gathering. When she's told she doesn't look her age, she corrects them. "I do," she says. "I'm old." I like her defiant attitude toward aging. It's one that flies in the face of the surgical interventions being sold to women as the cure for aging. Of course, they're not such much cures for aging as they are attempts to avoid the marginalization that comes with it.
Still, aging takes some getting used to.