04/27/2012 01:40 pm ET Updated Apr 27, 2012

5 Ways Boomers Will Be Remembered

Whether its through fantastic offspring, a genre-shifting piece of work or a successful business, the idea of leaving behind a lasting legacy is a preoccupation for some post 50. But how will the generation as a whole be remembered? And what will its biggest contributions to society be? We may have an answer for you. “Our example -- even if we don’t quite make the mark -- will be important for others to build on,” said Dr. W. Andrew Achenbaum who wrote “How Boomers Turned Conventional Wisdom on Its Head.”

Achenbaum’s new paper -- commissioned by the MetLife Mature Market Institute -- looks at demographic shifts and landmark social changes of the past and present to determine what boomers' ultimate impact will be. Based on factors including increases in educational opportunity and the civil rights movement, Achenbaum has made predictions on the ways the Post 50 set will affect yet-to-be-named future generations. Here we list the top five ways future denizens will remember boomers.



5 Ways Boomers Will Be Remembered