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Tip: Middle boomers are the sandwich group

If you're between the ages of 52 and 58, you're a chip off the old bloc. While the boomer community has long been defined as people born from 1946 to 1964, demographers are now recognizing there are segments to the monolith.

The 52-58 group has been dubbed "middle boomers" by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the research arm of the giant insurance company. What sets middle boomers apart? Shaped by the '60s, they are, in general, more socially and politically active than their younger and older boomer comrades, the institute says.

And befitting their "middle" name, they personify the sandwich generation. The Mature Market Institute says 50 percent of middle boomers have children living at home and 67 percent have at least one parent still alive. And half already have grandkids. About three-quarters provide financial aid to kids and grandkids while 14 percent are helping to support their parents.

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