Friday, March 10, 2006

The Aging Population Crisis? The Government (and the Times) Says "Ignore It"

The New York Times parrots a U.S. Census Bureau study that says "Don't Worry, Be Happy" despite the huge disparity between our aging baby boomers and the post-Roe generations.

Begins the Times story, The next few decades will see an explosion in the percentage of Americans over the age of 65, but the economic and social impact of this baby boomer sunset may be gentler than had been feared because of a significant drop in the percentage of older people with disabilities, a new federal study has concluded...

But the realities can be seen (and dreaded) by any thinking person. Here's just one, a respondent...

Sorry. I work in the health care field, and this 'study' is pure head-in-the-sand fantasy. Somebody fed some "assumptions" into a "model". It is the same kind of junk science that gave us "Global Warming."
The basic fact is the age pyramid is changing -- in many ways.

1) We murdered 40 million babies over the last 30 years.

2) Many of them would have babies by now. I have 5 grandchildren, and my first daughter could have been aborted under Roe V. Wade.

3) Our average-age-at-death is increasing due to better medicines and nutrition.

4) Our successor generations are less well equipped - educationally/emotionally/morally to handle any sort of business expansion. This includes health care business.

5) Grown children are, on the whole, far less willing to keep their parents at home, and far more willing to find outside care alternatives.

6) One of the fastest growing businesses in California, with 14% of US population, is that of Asians running homes as private care facilities.

7) There is a massive increase over the last 10 years in prescriptions of “dependency” drugs and programs. As people turn from God, they need some kind of coping mechanism.