About 25,000 senior citizens will arrive in Anaheim this week for the biennial convention of the 22-million - member American Assn. of Retired Persons, which has started to lobby aggressively for expanded pension and employment opportunities for the nation's elderly. This tougher stance has made the AARP a target for the year-old Americans for Generational Equity, a much smaller group that believes future generations will be impoverished by elderly benefit programs once the baby-boom generation starts to retire. Today's birthrate of 1.85 births per thousand, which demographers characterize as a "baby bust," is about half that of 1957, the baby boom's peak year.
James E. Birren