I walked into a doctor’s waiting room the other day and everyone in there had his/her nose in a dumb smart phone. And they were all elderly! If their parents had lived long enough to know how they were acting in public, they would have sent them to bed without their Ensure.
Having one’s nose in one’s phone is not the example that we of the older generation should be setting. It’s up to us to leave a legacy that is beneficial to those that follow. And what could be more beneficial than each younger generation taking seriously its responsibility to “Keep those Social Security payments coming!”
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections maintains that by 2030, all Baby Boomers will be older than age 65. (Actually, this did not require much of a projection. Just subtract 1964 from 2030.) But what is not so obvious to the statistically unsophisticated is that this age increase will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents in the U.S. will be of retirement age. That’s almost like 20%! And by 2035, the estimate is that there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18.
Just this next year, 2020, the ratio of older adults to working-age adults, which is known as the Who Is Going To Be Paying Into Social Security Dependency Ratio? is projected to be three-and-a-half working-age adults for every retirement-age person. By 2060, that ratio is expected to fall to just two-and-a-half working-age adults for every retirement-age person.
It’s even worse than all this. No less a madcap than George Will reminds us that in 2018 it became known “that young Americans were found to be having less sex.” I don’t know who found them and called it in, but one possibility for this disinterest, says Will, is that one-in-four Americans say that they are “almost constantly” online. No time for sex, which is obviously not good for those of us dependent upon sustaining a workforce to pay in to social security.
So, here is the true legacy set by retirees that young people need to be aware of.
A 2017 National Poll on Healthy Aging, conducted in association with the University of Michigan, confirmed what some earlier studies have found with regard to sexual activity in older adults. Among men and women ages 65 to 80, 40 percent were still having sex. And this percentage would be much greater if more seniors could get a date, which is why all the elderly people at the doctor’s office had their nose in their phones. They were trying to figure out how to use an online dating service.
Senior citizens would gladly be populating future generations of social security, but we’re not the Abraham and Sarah Generation. (Remember Isaac’s older-than-dirt parents?) Biology doesn’t work that way, so it’s up to the younger folk to preserve social security. If 40% of seniors are having sex, just imagine how high this percentage could be among younger generations if they’d just get off line!