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*Dave Swoyer, right, 52, stands near his father John Swoyer, 84, in his father's home Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, in Barrington, N.J. John, a widower, has asked his son, Dave, for financial help.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The economy is poor, retirement funds are down, and wages have been stagnant for years. Workers across all generations are feeling the effects, especially the baby boomers who can’t afford to retire, says John Sweeney, human resources knowledge adviser for the Society for Human Resource Management.

“Baby boomers can’t afford to retire because their homes are under water,” Sweeny says. “They still have a mortgage in many cases and haven’t done a good job at saving for retirement because, let’s face it, salaries and wages for a lot of the middle class have been stagnant since the mid-1980s.”

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