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  • Especially on our healthcare system

    It's difficult to understand how it can be justified spending thousands of dollars on keeping people alive who don't have a chance to get better. They cost our healthcare system far more than any other age group put together. And many people who ever really worked will get more of a pension than I ever will.

  • Yes the elderly and chronically very ill ARE a burden to society

    Im not talking about older people that are still active and contributing in some way like taking care of grandchildren and giving of useful information that people actually want. I'm talking about elderly people (or even those in their 50s and 60's who act like it) that babble on and on making stories bigger and bigger when no one wants to listen, telling them again and again. They cant listen because they cant hear what your saying, they need a round the clock sitter so they don't hurt themselves by falling OUT of their costly government paid scooter, need someone to feed, change and bathe them, demanding that it be done in style without so much as a thank you many times. Elderly who needed that much care used to die of disease before they became useless, but with the advent of modern medicine, they stay alive on respirators and tubefeeding. When young people want to know what happenedin1920 they need not listen to an elderly persons tainted veiw but instead can get it from online sources or google. So really, what good are those kind of elderly?

  • The elderly need to go.

    The elderly put an economic drain on society. Medical costs and a growing number of pensioners are creating an unsustainable system. Yet, when they don't retire and become pensioners they are useless in the workforce. They don't understand technology and the millions of baby boomers who are hanging around the workforce fill multiple positions that could be replaced with a single educated youth who actually understands how to use time saving technologies. The government and all it's civil services are riddled with them, I know in my department they could cut the number of employees in half just by getting rid of the useless old people.

  • What do they do?

    Very little add anything to society and most drain it and take it's resources. Some do not even know their children's names there should be a mandatory test for people past a certain age to see if they are still capable of basic tasks such as memory tests and mobility if they fail then they should be euthanized.

  • Greatest Generation? Only if mean the generation that cost the greatest amount!

    The elderly sure have worked hard in their lifetimes. They did not have the comforts such as air conditioning, smart phones, or computers that we have today. However, the costs that they have now created for themselves and expect the younger generations to pay for it is inexcusable. They rely almost 100% on social security and medicare. They paid into it yes, but how much do you think they paid? In the 70's..The median pay for a high school teacher was 8 grand. SS contribution was 4%. A whopping 320 dollars was paid that year by people that receive 1220 a month!
    The average cost for a old person that lives to be 80 with medical expenses is $450,000. It costs less to raise a child to 18 that it costs to keep an old person alive from 65 to 80. Do I want to live to be 80? Of course! But I will fully pay for my old age myself through hard work, saving, and investing...The American dream. Not whining and wanting more "entitlements". Not wanting a senior citizen discount. Not expecting people to wait on me and treat me different. When the "greatest generation" is gone...So will massive amounts of debt.

  • Yes they are

    They cost money, most of them don't have a big income thus not paying a lot of taxes, they withraw money from public pension plans (in country that posess public pension plans), etc.

    Also, their "knowledge" is next to useless since most of them don't share their useful knowledge to younger generations.

  • Elderly ain't nothing but trouble...

    The elderly are a burden on society. Financially they are a huge drain making up half the benefit bill on their own, even though they would prefer you to blame the single mums and immigrants.
    They wander around clogging up the pavements whilst striking up mindless conversation with cash machines and trying to argue with self service checkouts.
    I propose that there should be an OAP curfew imposed, allowing them loose on the streets between the hours of 12 and 2pm on a Wednesday. Also that they should have their own checkouts and cash machines (with extra large buttons) so that the rest of us can get on with working hard in order to pax tax so that they may claim a pension and cold weather payments. This is all....

  • Yes, the elderly is a burden to our society.

    Many may argue that the elderly has contributed significantly to our society in their past days or they provide us with financial security, emotional support for example. However, they do not contribute much to our society in terms of economic support. They demand extra assistance, extra medical care and so on. Moreover, they cant help the country economically anymore due to their old age. For instance, in Singapore , we are facing an ageing population.How is that not a burden? The elderly cant contribute themselves anymore, in addition, they seek additional help.#no offence #personal view

  • Yes they are.

    As much as it hurts me to say this, the elderly in this country really are nothing but a burden that are dragging us down. They do not really offer much to the nation, and instead take everything they can in terms of health care, medicine, social security, and so on.

  • It is not just the elderly

    Elderly people done get more from social security than they pay in, but that is just part of the problem. There is also the problem with people on disability. How is this counrty going to pay for the elderly on social security and the people on disability. If everyone stops working just because they do not fell well there is no money being payed in to it. The system needs fixed.

  • Absolutely not, the Elderly belongs in society.

    The elderly have been through it all, seen it all and meant so much to our young lives. Speaking as a young 26 year old, I've only survived big problems in my life as well as gave me a lot of great advice to use in everyday life. I hope that I'm that honorable and wise when I'm older.

  • No, the elderly have contributed much to society.

    Members of the elderly community already contributed much to society during their prior working years. They contributed to taxes and put in money towards social security to stimulate the economy.
    At some point everyone grows older and it is the current generation's responsibility to contribute towards the care of the previous one. The elderly still make contributions to society even though they aren't as noticeable as the achievements of younger citizens.

  • No, the elderly are not a burden on society.

    If anything, the elderly are a great wealth to us. They possess a great deal of old world knowledge, and a level of expertise unknown to the younger generation. They posses the knowledge from real-life experiences, situations and customs that can help lay the path in an effort to maintain honorable values within our current culture. On another note, the elderly population once took care of us, and did not consider it a burden.

  • No, just no

    Who ever thinks that they are a burden, that's sick. They're human just like you, and as much as you probably don't want to, your still gonna have to go through being an elder. How would you like being called worthless when your in your retirement home? Think about it.

  • The Elderly are not burdens on Society

    We all become old eventually. To say that they are burdens is like saying that we, in the future, are burdens too. With each generation comes knowledge, and with knowledge must come respect. If somebody knows something you didn't, would you respect them or laugh at them? You would respect them for their higher level of knowledge, and might even work to get to that knowledge.

  • The Elderly are not a burden.

    The elderly teach us about what has happened in the past, they are part of a family, and they are human beings. We learn so much, as young, from elders. Elderly need to be respected as they are old and not as agile. Picture this, if your parent or guardian, whom you loved because they took care of you, had to leave/be put away when they are older how does that make you feel? The person you loved and cared about has to leave. No one wants that. No human being should have to go through something like that. Think about the future when our generation are the elderly.

  • Not a burden a bonus

    The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune, older adults contribute to society in many ways, without older adults we would not be around, we will all be older adults one day we should treat them withy respect and care for them as they cared for us in the hope to end up like hugh heffner

  • Elderly's importance in an aging population

    With declining birth rates in countries such as Singapore and Japan, both countries are facing the imminent silver wave attack. Aging population poses a strain on the country's workforce, as many assumes that elderly can no longer able to contribute to the economy as much as when they were young and fit. Granted, physical health constraints would impose on one's ability to contribute actively to the economy.

    However, judging from many circumstances today, it seems like turning to elderly to support our economy is an unavoidable choice. This is especially so in Singapore, with an anaemic workforce that is gradually denied of foreign labour due to local's discontent of the former. Hence, it brings the government to turn to elderly for manpower. Retirement age has increased, skills enhancement programmes and schemes to encourage elderly to work longer have since emerged. Therefore, we can see that elderly will gradually become a huge wealth of resource for small countries like Singapore to tap on.

  • No they are not burden to society!!

    SITUATION makes a man think that they have became a BURDEN. A man sees his family first then sees his old parents. Seriously the ones who think that the elderly a burden on society are the ones who don't have mind(U'll suffer as what old people suffer when you'll become old). I mean that when they'll become old and someone will treat you as you are nothing . FOR EG - if a family in which both MOM AND DAD both have to go to work and if elderly are there then they can take care of the children. They can teach them hymns , manners , value of things etc. The old people are only ones who developed you , developed the world and still developing..! And beyond old people they are PARENTS first! Who were there with you in bad and good times both! Ur friends will leave you but PARENTS will not! I SUPPORT THAT THEY ARE NOT AT ALL BURDEN ON SOCIETY.

  • No they are not burden to society!!

    SITUATION makes a man think that they have became a BURDEN. A man sees his family first then sees his old parents. Seriously the ones who think that the elderly a burden on society are the ones who don't have mind(U'll suffer as what old people suffer when you'll become old). I mean that when they'll become old and someone will treat you as you are nothing . FOR EG - if a family in which both MOM AND DAD both have to go to work and if elderly are there then they can take care of the children. They can teach them hymns , manners , value of things etc. The old people are only ones who developed you , developed the world and still developing..! And beyond old people they are PARENTS first! Who were there with you in bad and good times both! Ur friends will leave you but PARENTS will not! I SUPPORT THAT THEY ARE NOT AT ALL BURDEN ON SOCIETY.


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