Our society is currently experiencing demographic shifts due to the aging of the baby boom generation, and Tammy (above) captures well the magnitude of change brought about by the baby boomers. This cohort, born after World War II during the years of 1946–64, has transformed social institutions and trends at every point in the life course. As members of this cohort ourselves, both of the authors have faced the changes firsthand—and many of you who are reading this book have gone through these experiences as well. We overflowed school classrooms as our sheer number went beyond the capacity of space and resources. We embraced new trends and modified social values and norms in many areas including choices, customs, and social roles. Now as we grow older, we are transforming options for later life by our preferences and decisions.
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