Kathleen Casey-Kirschling: The First Baby Boomer

The Baby Boomer Generation Begins

Although January 1, 1946 may seem to be an arbitrary starting point for the baby boomer generation, it is considered the beginning of this distinctive period in American history. It is the birthdate of Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, who has achieved significant notoriety as the first person born into this era.

The baby boomer generation is typically defined as anyone born from 1946 to 1964 but you may find that it is stretched by an extra year or more, depending on who you ask. Currently, there are more than 78 million baby boomers in the United States.

Kathleen Casey-Kirschling: Celebrity

Kathleen Casey-Kirschling has lived a fairly normal life, except for the occasional print or television exposé when the topics of the baby boomer generation and the issues it faces arise. Once in a while, she is also called upon to make a public appearance. Kathleen was invited by the Social Security Administration to sign up for Social Security in front of cameras as the first person of her generation to do so.

Retiring Before 2008 Recession

Kathleen retired at age 62, right before the economic meltdown.  Along with economy, the assets she planned on using to supplement her retirement went south, forcing her to recalculate her retirement budget and apply for Social Security. Despite this setback, she refused to become disheartened and dealt gracefully with the necessary belt tightening that followed.

Kathleen Reflects on America

When asked to give her opinion on her generation and the state of American society, she always displays a positive attitude for the future while recognizing that the economy is still going through a rough patch.

Enjoying Retirement

Kathleen makes her home both on the Maryland Eastern Shore and in Vero Beach, Florida.  A retired school teacher, she is married to a former college professor.  They like to travel, do volunteer work, and spend time with their grandchildren.

Retirement Preparedness

Kathleen is enjoying her retirement, and so should you.  Preparing for retirement is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family, so be sure to consult a federal benefits specialist to make sure you’re on the right track.