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.
The elderly are pretty reliant on Social Security, Medicare, and income based housing. Meanwhile it is the younger generations paying for it. "They paid into it''? No, its not a savings account. They paid for their grandparents generation, and paid much less than they are now receiving. The younger generation is paying for the elderly's cost of living now. So in short, that young family is losing money that would be food for their toddler in order to keep some one who is 90 in comfort. I'm not saying to euthanize the elderly or throw them out onto the streets. However the family who either are, or will grow up to be productive members of society shouldnt lose out, in order to pay for those whose time is done and being artificially extended at cost to taxpayers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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
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.
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.
Old people do nothing and expect everything in return. They complain about minor things and cause serious problems to the younger generation. The cost of maintaining them should not be the problem of the younger generation. Older people should maintain themselves or have their children maintain their needs, not other people or 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.
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.
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.
I don't consider them a burden.D I VALUE them as well as their experience. God gives the old wisdom, and they have a lot of experience. The young person should rejoice in his youth and the old celebrate their age. There is a time for youth to take over and a time for age to speak.
Because they are our parents . If they were not there we won't be there that everyone on in the society should know it . Because of them we are reaching in high level so we shoul have response to look after them and care them . They are also a human for them not only them nobody can control the age of their.So we should look after them.
The elderly are the people who raised us and worked hard for their retirement. I love working with the elderly and wouldn't change a thing. The elderly are the people that shaped my parents and I into who we are. They are the reason I wake up and come to work everyday.
Yes, May be their expenses are much and they need care. Then Why not? They are like kids. And weren't they there when you were a kid? They cared for you? They did. So Why can't you do it. Moreover, being old also they try a lot to contribute, may be not financially but for sure, mentally and emotionally. They help our kids in everything. They care for their grandchildren and if you really think they are a burden then I think you should suicide when you turn old. Isn't it? So who out there is ready to do that when they are old,huh? Lets, see. I'm damn sure when you guys turn old you ourselves like beggars will want to live and eat by our children's money. So fight like idiots. Thank you.
The elderly are not a burden to society. First and foremost, research and studies has indicated that the majority of volunteer positions are held by elderly people and that these positions are one's that the younger generation wouldn't dare have! The elderly should have respect. They have more knowledge that they can pass down. They paid their dues and we should let them reap the benefits instead of thinking they are a burden for it.
The old people are not burden on society or not on us the taught us good things they teach us who to behave with elders or in society they share good things with us they share there life experience with us they teach us to choose right way of life
The elderly are not a burden unless society makes it that way. Older people can be very helpfut to younger people in giving advice, volunteering, filling in needed help, etc. We focus too much on youth. We all have only choice: age or die. Lets make it better for all of us.
While the elderly may not be equal in energy or strength in comparison, we all WILL get there one day. We should not place a value on people and decide if they are worth the price. I think people are more than that. They are individuals who have contributed to the economy and our lives one way or another. They must be treated with respect and love as you would any one else. In fact, if we could just take some time to listen to them we might learn a thing or two.
When you are young, these old people are the one taking care and raising you, you feel like a burden to them, but they still tolerate you, put up with you. An average child from young to adulthood needs a lot of money, probably more than what you give them when they grow up. We must repay their kindness and take care of them when they grow up like how they do when they brought you up.
The elderly is a source of advice and wisdom to the young because of their experience. Society in general has become materialistic that everything has to be measured tangibly to assess one's productivity and contributions. Well, the elderly is past that and their contributions are real although intangible. The elderly is indeed a treasure trove of knowledge.
Its like saying might as well kill them off when they get old but if you think about it, we all get old and when you get old you don't want to be killed because you are old. What would have happened if New Zealand and lots of other places hadn't become a democracy.
The elderly have contributed so much to society when they were younger and still continue to serve society today. The elderly impart us a knowledge and history of culture that many today have not truly appreciated. The elderly have given us much during their lifetime and calling them a burden towards society would be a disservice.
If not for these elderly people, we wouldn't have even been born! Instead, we should be thanking them for giving us life. Also, these people needing health care, hospitals, and nursing homes gives the younger generation more jobs. We need people to build and staff these facilities to take care of them.