The world the oldest Baby Boomers were born into and the world they are leaving behind as they begin to exit the workforce is an interesting, albeit somewhat depressing, paradox to consider.

Born in the immediate post-war America of the 1940s and 1950s, these Boomers entered a country at the height of its prosperity — a country able to flex its superpower muscle in a way not seen anytime before or since. War proved to be good business and the Depression-era America their parents lived through was a distant memory as the boomers came of age.

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