Front-Wave Boomers
192 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 May 2022

Front-Wave Boomers

Growing (Very) Old, Staying Connected, and Reimagining Aging

UBC Press, On Point Press

Boomers are heading into (very) old age following a pandemic, a time of overt ageism and shamefully deficient eldercare. The front wave, now entering their seventies, are on the brink of life changes that will be challenging for everyone – family, friends, and for the health care system, too.

Recognizing the dire need to tackle these changes, journalist and sociologist Gillian Ranson, a front-wave boomer herself, investigates what they are doing to prepare for old age. Whether an "elder orphan" living in subsidized housing, a busy grandparent doing daycare pick-ups, a small business owner phasing into retirement, or a wife learning to cope with a husband’s dementia, they all share one thing: they need intimate, caring social ties to other people.

Just as the baby boomer generation transformed life for teenagers and youth in the 1960s, they now have a chance to create a better way to grow old. Their stories hold lessons for us all.

This book is essential reading for baby boomers and their adult children, professionals and scholars who work with those in their golden years, and anyone who’s simply curious about what the future could look like for them

This book is for baby boomers and their adult children, professionals and scholars who work in the field of aging, and anyone who’s simply curious about what the future could look like for them.

RELATED TOPICS: Aging, Health & Well-Being, Sociology
The demographic that changed society as it advanced through life is now searching for a new approach to aging and Gillian Ranson’s book, Front Wave Boomers, provides rich detail on the lives of older adults reimagining the elder years. Ranson’s research gives a powerful voice to her generation’s fear and inspiration. Moira Welsh, author of Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care
Front-Wave Boomers, and the study from which it draws, is a tremendous conversation starter about what it means to expect to be very old – older as a group than any previous generation – at this time in history in one of the wealthiest and most peaceful countries in the world. Susan Braedley, associate professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University

Gillian Ranson is a former journalist and professor of sociology. She has written three books on various aspects of family life, inspired by her personal experience as a working mother. Now, as a front-wave boomer, and a grandmother, she’s exploring aging, and the future she and her peers are likely to find in Canada in the years ahead. She lives in Vancouver.

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