An Aging Society
The population of our country is approaching an "aging" crescendo. In the late 40's and early 50's those who had fought in and survived the great second world war came home to build the greatest economic powerhouse the world had ever seen. They also had lots of babies. I'm one of those children, born in 1956, and belong to a group affectionately referred to as "baby boomers."
We boomers have enjoyed an extremely privileged existence. Our parents charged the beaches of Normandy facing certain death. My generation demands free healthcare and insulation from having our feelings hurt. What a difference a few decades make.
One thing we cannot change, however, is the fact that we're getting older. My knees remind me every day. With those birthdays come declining health, and so we've come to a crossroads: my desire for a comfortable retirement with no financial worries versus the enormous expenses of taking care of my custodial care as medical advances keep my life expectancy ever increasing. Are these two things incompatible?