The median age of amateur radio practitioners keeps going up, much to the consternation of those who are leaving no stone unturned in a quest to turn back time.

But here’s more trouble, according to the Census Bureau, the general US population is growing older too.

The nation’s median age is 37.9 years old, more than two years higher than the median age in 2000, according to new Census Bureau numbers released Thursday. The number of Americans over 65 years old has jumped from 35 million at the turn of the century to 49.2 million today.

That graying of America comes as the baby boom generation born between 1946 and 1964 edges toward retirement. At the same time, younger Americans are going through what some demographers call a baby bust, either choosing not to have children or delaying the decision to get pregnant.

Attracting younger people to our hobby becomes even more of an uphill battle when the pool we’re trying to draw from is quickly draining.