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5 Types of Boomers and the Seniors They'll Become

By Jan Bolder - January 20, 2014

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A person's personaity tends to manifest itself at birth, undergo adjustments and tweaks in the teen years, grow in the young adult years, and firmly settle in during middle age, and become deeply ingrained after retirement. But what are the main types of boomers out there?

1. The Hierarchical Ladder Climber

A key character trait of baby boomers is their belief that experience plays a huge part in moving up in their careers, and are willing to pay their dues by way of long hours and commitment. They don't expect to get life handed to them on a silver platter, instead recognizing that getting anywhere worthwhile requires hard work and sacrifice. As such, they have a strong sense of "waiting in line" and may get resentful of less-experienced people who bump in ahead.

The type of senior this baby boomer will become will value fairness and equity, but also in taking the rewards they feel they've earned over a lifetime of work. They can be found finally enjoying that vacation they've been putting off for years because of work, although decades of sacrifice may not translate to much splurging during retirement as they'll believe each treat must be earned.

2. The Work-Focused

Much of a boomer's identity revolved around the work he or she did, and define themselves based on their professional accomplishments. A career doesn't mean as much if it doesn't lead to a raise, promotion, or more prestige, and boomers are willing to put in longer hours to get there. Many of their lifelong friends were made in the workforce and as such, much of their socializing centers on the job.

Seniors who were work-focused baby boomers tend to carry over this trait into their retirement years. For them, maintaining independence is a results-driven effort, one in which they look at the starting and end points and figure out what has to be done in between to draw the line. They'll approach it like they do a day in the office: start early, work hard, and then enjoy the benefits.

3. The Opinionist

So many events during a boomer's lifetime (the Vietnam War, Kennedy's assassination, the Cold War, the Watergate Scandal) were hard to ignore and caused even the mildest of people to form strong opinions. 

The tendency to label this senior as the one who sits on their porch, waving a cane at passing youngsters, is an unfair one, but not that far from the truth. Opinionated seniors will be the ones engrossed in arguments and debates, where the truth isn't as important as making opinions known. A chess or lawn bowling game probably won't be just that, as the conversation will evolve into other topics.

4. The Competitor

Everything is a challenge for this boomer: tasks, long-term goals, and even simple things like grocery shopping or picking a movie. They thrive on setting goals for themselves and beating them, no matter if it's a self-directed goal or against other people.

These are the so-called "fun" seniors that are seen front and center of every game and sport. With a twinkle in their eye, they'll throw down the gauntlet to anyone who's game, and using the competitive spirit to remain well younger than they are.

5. The Entertainer

Singing, dancing, music, the movies- this boomer puts entertainment on such a high pedestal because they experienced some of the most influential, innovative art in their formative years. 

As seniors, the entertainer can be found having a good time with other seniors, frequenting social events and being the life of the party. They're usually in search of a dance partner, putting on a good record, and reminiscing about all the artistic creations during their adult years.

Have you ever wondered what type of senior you'll grow into?