SENIORS AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS ARE ALL FAMILY

Apr 14th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Misconceptions About Social Security

A new attempt was made recently to pit younger people against the Baby Boomers and seniors receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits. In the April issue of Esquire, Stephen Marche wrote an article, “The War Against Youth,” in which he says “…the recession didn’t gut the prospects of American young people.  The Baby Boomers took care of that.”  How unfruitful it is to pit generations against each other by blaming seniors for the multiplicity of causes of the American recession!

A blog called Generations United did an incredible piece of work in a statement about the Esquire articleThis is the link to the Generations United blog.  The blog clearly states, It’s Not a Fight, It’s a Family.

Following publication of the Generations United blog, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare gave the Generations United blog article the Noteworthy Award for great online coverage of Social Security and Medicare.

Generations United Takes on Misconceptions

SCJ readers are encouraged to read the entire blog post at Generations United.  Some parts of the post that are especially crucial to the fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare are these:

“Recent attempts in the media to fuel intergenerational conflict are a disservice to our country. This is particularly true in the midst of a polarizing political climate that threatens to cut critical safety net programs for children, youth, and older adults. Rather than pitting generations against one another, we should be working together to address our country’s most difficult challenges while still investing in each generation of our society. (Generations United, April 9, 2012)

“Old and young Americans form a community of interest. It’s called family. According to Pew Research Center, 76% of adults report that family is the most important element of their life. And in these family units we demonstrate how much we care about each other. (Generations United, April 9, 2012)

“Take grandparents, for example. A survey by the MetLife Mature Market Institute found that two-thirds of grandparents provided an estimated $370 billion in financial support to grandchildren over a five-year period. This averaged out to $8,661 per grandparent household. They did this not out of duty, but out of concern and love for their young family members. Grandparents step in to provide child care, as well. According to the Census Bureau, among the 11.3 million children younger than five whose mothers are employed, 30 percent are cared for on a regular basis by a grandparent. (Generations United, April 9, 2012)

“The majority of Americans care about each other. They strongly believe, as we do, that ‘It is not a fight, it is a family.’” (Generations United, April 9, 2012)

Seniors everywhere are encouraged to speak out in support of the belief that we’re not in a fight with younger generations.  We are all family.

 



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