OWLCafé | Generations



Social generations are cohorts of people who were born in the same date range and share similar cultural experiences.

Dr. Jill Novak, University of Phoenix, Texas A&M University writes that in America, there are six living generations, which are six fairly distinct groups of people. As a generalization each generation has different likes, dislikes, and attributes. They have had collective experiences as they aged and therefore have similar ideals. A person’s birth date may not always be indicative of their generational characteristics, but as a common group they have similarities.


These are Western Cultural Generations. Japan and Asia and portions of Europe will have their own generational definitions based on major cultural, political, and economic influences.

Generation Name

Births
Start

Births
End

Youngest
Age Today*

Oldest Age
Today*

The Lost Generation -
The Generation of 1914

1890

1915

102

127

The Interbellum Generation

1901

1913

104

116

The Greatest Generation

1910

1924

93

107

The Silent Generation

1925

1945

72

92

Baby Boomer Generation

1946

1964

53

71

Generation X (Baby Bust)

1965

1979

38

52

Generation Y -
The Millennial -
Gen Next

1980

1995

22

37

Generation Z

1996

2010

7

21

Gen Alpha

2011

2025

1

6

(*if still alive today)

Note: Dates are approximate and there is some overlap because there are no standard definitions for when a generation begins and ends. See the section below about why this overlap.


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Interesting Websites

Generations United - Improving the lives of children, youth and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs.

American Society on Aging - Supporting the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.

Empowering Your Parent - Adult children can be an enormous resource for their parents who are navigating the retirement years and all the adjustments and decisions that have to be made.

Multi-generational Family - Families like the "American Family" are becoming increasingly common throughout the United States. Today, there are almost four million American multigenerational households (three or more generations living together) according to the new census data.

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Things to do

for Your Grandparents

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Grandparents Day - Grandparents' Day offers a chance for families to celebrate and recognize the special seniors in their lives.