Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Putting Mom in Her Place

The other day on the radio I heard an advertisement for a service called A Place for Mom. My first reaction was to marvel at the demographics behind the name. Mortality rates and social conventions make it such that a vast majority of people in assisted living arrangements are female.

But my second reaction was to wonder, "Why isn't the 'place' for mom 'my house'?" I know I'm not the first to reflect on the disintegration of the American family, but this ad really highlighted it for me. Of course Mom needs to go live with other people; where else would she go?

I have no problem with the company; they aren't driving the change, only providing a service. The cause of the problem (like the cause of all American problems these days) is Baby Boomers. Their "me now, me tomorrow, me forever" attitude created the assisted living industry and unsustainable entitlement programs. And when the teetering system falls apart, their children won't even suspect there used to be a non-government solution to the problems.

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