• 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.

  • 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....

  • Social security and health care

    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 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Yes they are..

    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.

  • 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.

  • We have to remember how we got here.

    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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • The elderlies are a blessing rather than a burden

    Being past middle age and approaching the old age is what we call as the elderly phase, and it is this very phase in which the old ppl face social issues like retirement, loneliness,ageism etc. so it becomes our responsibility to support and encourage them since they had done the same when we needed their guidance. Moreover the old ppl usually have rich and rewarding experiences ,their knowledge on values and culture helps us in becoming better ppl.

  • Senior citizens our responsiblity

    Senior citizens are not a burden to society they are the one who made us stand on our feet. They inspite of fulfilling own wish always fulfill the child's wish. They do not cost money they spend their whole life in earning money for the child. Their knowledge is not useless they just care for you.

    Posted by: ahrc
  • Nope there are not a burden to society!!!!

    People think that old people are burden to society they are useless cant work n etc ect... What if you become old u will also be treated the same way they r being treated, people who dont respect elderly are very stupid and idiot. We should give them respect, be at their service. Yes they annoy us sometime, doesnt mean they r useless. Dont forget they r the one who have tried their best and gave us the best knowledge and always been their 4 us when we were young & dependent on them!!!

  • What about filial piety?

    They are your parents or grandparents, and in the past without them you wouldn't even have any education. Think about it would you rather be an orphan? If so, then you can say that they are a burden to society.
    The millions of dollars that they use to raise you to who you are today, especially on your values which cannot be bought by monetary terms.
    If you really think they are burdens to you, and when you finally grow old enough to be considered one, then you are just contradicting yourself

  • Of course not

    The elderly teaches our children traditions and events that they have gone through in the past and are love/care givers to our children, not to mention to us as well. They are the ones that support us even when we face difficulties. Despite their illnesses and weakness, they still support the society - us.

  • The elderly are full of wisdom, and are greatly underappreciated

    Some of the statements I have read saying they are a burden to society are completely ridiculous. Yes, financially it is costly to support the elderly, but what is the alternative for those that can't support themselves? We will all be in that situation one day, and perhaps you will have a different opinion on it then. But the statements that say they offer nothing to society is just a ridiculous generalisation. The elderly hold a wealth of knowledge built over a length of time that no one youthful has attained yet. Many of them have academic and prestigious backgrounds which is equally as useful as someone who has one in their twenties today. Perhaps if our society gave them a chance to contribute and spent a little more time listening we would realise how much they really have to offer. Reading peoples answers for why they're a 'burden' is extremely disheartening, and I can only feel sorry for the people giving those opinions for being so close minded and ignorant.

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