VISTAS Perspectives on Counseling Today and Tomorrow

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Gero-Counselor Prepare: The Silver Tsunami Is Headed Our Way

Mary Finn Maples


1945: It was a time of greats. The Great War had just ended and the greatest generation (Brokaw, 1998) was headed home victorious. The greatest numbers of women were also returning home from working in the factories that helped to win the War. Together, those
who fought and those who supplied them came together to build homes and families that produced the greatest number of children born in an 18-year period that this country has ever known.

Little did these parents of the 76,000,000 children born between 1946 and 1964 know what challenges their progeny would produce in the future. These enormous numbers of people have become known, for obvious reasons, as the baby boomers.

Now, in 2005, as the first wave of this 25% of the U.S. population turns 60 years of age in 2006, their very numbers will cause tremendous challenges to society, the economy, health care, retirement sources in general, and to our profession of counseling in

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