It's been going on for a long time, but since the oldest baby boomers started turning 65 last month, there has been a steady uptick in references to boomers as the definition of old – and it's got Crabby Old Lady's knickers in a big-time twist.
There are a zillion headlines about them every day:
”Boomers Severely Impacted by Financial Crash”
”Cities Adapt to Aging Boomers”
”Baby Boomers at Risk for Hepatitis C”
”Boomers Show Strain of Caregiving”
”Boomers Leading Gray Sex Revolution”
Just a damned minute here. Who thinks boomers have cornered the market in elder sex? Is Crabby to be ignored for risk of Hep C? Are those who are older than 65 not also caring for aged parents? Did the financial crash not steal more than third of Crabby's life savings?
It's bad enough that old people in general become invisible but now, people older than 65 are becoming non-existent.
It even happens here at Time Goes By which gets linked to on lists recommending blogs and websites for boomers - as if Crabby Old Lady, older by five years than the oldest boomer, is not welcome at her own blog.
Crabby won't embarrass you by naming names, but too many commenters on this blog reference “we baby boomers” or something similar when they obviously mean everyone who reads Time Goes By.
Crabby counts a lot a baby boomers among her friends and individually, they are lovely people. But collectively? Gawd, Crabby Old Lady is tired of their belief that they invented everything starting with the wheel.
Let us be clear: aging boomers are a subset of elders. There are 35 million who are older and Crabby intends to vigorously resist being ignored or subsumed into the boomer category.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Lyn Burnstine: The Wooden Bench