The Graying of America

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INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” America has always had its challenges when facing economic issues; however, the government has the tendency to avoid the reality of what approaches in the future. There have been several attempts of reform for these types of economic problems. Nevertheless, most have not been successful, and time is running out. One of those issues is the graying of America. What is the graying of America? It is the demographic trend consisting of all the baby boomers that are aging and getting closer to retirement. Even though it does not seem like an area of concern, there are many…show more content…
Another way the economy will suffer is through the increase need for health care and elder care. As the baby boomers get older, their need for these types of expenditures will increase as well. Consequently, this increases the national health care spending too. Another problem is that governmental entities will start to lose tax revenues that the baby boomers provided so considerably. There will also be an increase in the federal budget deficit. The government will be spending more while receiving less revenue from the baby boomers. Younger generations can expect tax increases to help cover Social Security and Medicare. Even after all of these problems, there is still the burden that the baby boomers are going to leave for the current generation and the ones to follow. This will then lead to lower average of living standards for the baby boomers, and the major assets of the baby boomers will begin to decrease in value since more people will be trying to sell their assets than people willing to buy them. Retailers will also be affected negatively by this movement. Retailers can expect to lose revenue since the baby boomers will probably not spend as much, and marketers will have a difficult time searching for more sources or creating new ideas to attract the younger generations. Although there have been efforts at correcting the problem with the graying of America, governmental reform is necessary to avoid the storm of
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