Editorial — Seniors Day nice gesture but Boomers are in their prime

THURSDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — It was National Seniors Day on Wednesday. Various communities including Kamloops held special events to mark the day.

It’s a nice gesture of recognition, considering all the good things seniors have done, though the current cohort of seniors has done no more nor less than previous generations. More important than talking about the contributions seniors have made to our communities is the contributions they are making.

seniorsPresent tense. Seniors nowadays belong, in large part, to the demographic known as Baby Boomers. They’re the folks who were born in the wake of the Second World War after the soldiers came home.

Baby Boomers grew up in an affluent post-war age of convertibles, new breakfast cereals, and the advent of modern technology. All of those things, and more, fueled the new economy. Boomers also grew up, and into, a very strong work ethic. They took their lunch buckets to the office and put in a solid eight or nine hours without benefit of many of the amenities and support programs evident in the workplace today.

As accustomed as they were to working hard, they also played hard on weeknights and weekends. They created and lived what we now call “work-life balance.”

The Boomers aren’t through yet. They’re now taking those hard earnings, accumulated over a half century and more, and enjoying them, pampering themselves a little with lock-and-go condos, travel and healthy living.

We all age differently — some age more effectively than others — but as the Boomers have entered their golden years they are contributing to the economy, big time. They’re very much a going concern and will be for quite some time yet.

So when we talk about seniors, and arrange tai chi and picnics and pickleball to thank them, let’s keep in mind as well that they remain an integral part of all aspects of community life.

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