Yesterday was Tupac Shakur’s birthday, may he RIP on what would have been his 40 birthday. Given the Huffington Post’s new section aimed at baby boomers, Tupac would have been one of its youngest members. Can’t you just see ‘Pac, blue headband tied up front still keeping it real, tweefing (that’s tweeting and beefing) lyrically about the demise of Social Security and Medicare.
The rapid growth in population that is projected over the next 30 – 40 years will occur in a nation more racially and ethnically diverse, with the aggregate minority population projected to become the majority in 2042 according to the US Census Bureau. Tupac could relate to this.
Even though Boomers will not be retiring in the near future as they thought they would, they will begin to develop health problems and need their bodies to support a prolonged work life. It’s not likely that Tupac would have retired early but he will not have to deal with at least three foreseeable things in our uncertain future:
- 1. Joint replacements are big business and I don’t mean the kind of joints one might have associated with Tupac. Once you hit boomerhood, seems like half the people you come across either need a joint replacement or have already had an operation and are walking with steel. Because of advancements in the field millions are now able to lead better lives, and surgeons have begun to recommend replacements even to younger people. I don’t remember Tupac as a big dancer but I could imagine him pissing someone off and his perhaps needing a knee replacement.
- 2. Alzheimers disease is the bogey man that ten million Baby Boomers fear. Some claim Tupac lived in some corner of madness in his short life. But Tupac will not have to face the possibility of facing this mind-wasting disease.
- 3. High Cholesterol and heart attacks used to be reserved for old people. But given the eating habits and lifestyle of at least Americans, people Tupac’s age need to be concerned about this too. Tupac will not
We miss Tupac. May his spirit continue to soar