The Beloit College Mindset List began in 2004 as a way for the faculty to have a frame of reference for understanding how the incoming freshmen view the world. It lists technological and cultural experiences that are unique to the young men and women attending classes. In that vein we offer the Retirees mindset list, to perhaps help younger people understand the mindset of today's retirees.
Today's retirees, age 65, were born in 1951, the year color TV first broadcast and the year the first oral contraceptive was released. UNIVAC, the first commercial computer was built and Super Glue was born.
They started grade school in 1957, the same year the first satellite, Sputnik was launched and Velcro was patented.
They graduated high school in 1969 when the first man set foot on the moon and in what would one day become an even bigger technological achievement, ARPANET, the precursor to today's Internet went live. It was the same year thousands marched in opposition to the war in Vietnam, Wal-Mart was incorporated and the most epic concert in history took place in Woodstock.
They probably bought their first home around 1976 when the average house cost just over $43,000 and the average mortgage rate was about 9%. Apple Computer was formed and the inkjet printer was invented.
They have lived through a dozen Presidents, seen the three wars and thirteen military incursions, they have gone from a phone on the wall to a phone in their pocket and from typewriters to Wi-fi.
The things you take for granted today would have seemed like magic when they were born. So if your Mom or Grandpa is sometimes perplexed by the latest gadget, cut them some slack and help out without such a smirk on your face.