Comments about ‘'Silver tsunami' set to hit Utah as older Utahns start to outnumber preschoolers’

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Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 12:40 a.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, May 25 2014 8:41 a.m. MDT

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Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

I note, from the article, that the Meals on Wheels is scheduled to run a deficit by end of year (calendar or fiscal - not sure which). While here in Wichita Falls, TX, temporarily, I note that the local MoW program has a group that supports their program by also sponsoring or organizing one or more significant fundraising events that are supported by the community.

I am not sure if the local or county MoW has a same or similar concept but suggest that instead of always seeking public funding as a sole source, fund raising by private people and organizations free the organization from bureaucratic control and allow more freedom of action in meeting the needs of their clientele. Besides, more people feel involved and have a sense of ownership and support.

IMO government now and then may come up with a good idea, but seldom do they let it blossom into maturity without burdening it with regulations and rules that add significant cost and questionable benefit.

bullet56
Olympia, WA

One in 12 seniors do not have adequate food resources in Utah. The need for that is met, by government in the form of Meals On Wheels. Yes, lots of good folks volunteer to lend a hand also. So why is it even necessary if Churches were keepers of the flock? Government fills in the voids that overwhelm the charity helpers. I make this point to say that if we or Utah sends the Tea party conservatives to DC, there is a good chance that they will vote out programs like this over time. Mr. Romney calls them the 1/3 who are entitled. With national church affiliations declining drastically, I think it is inevitable that the government fill in, where charity fails.

casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Wait until those pre-schoolers find out the debt we've left them to re-pay.

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

Law makers are responsible for the debt that children will have to repay, not us. They make all the unwise decisions and spend all the money that we don't have.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

The children the "baby boomers" on average chose to have smaller families which will present something of a problem when it comes to assisting their aged parents in future.. The boomers themselves were generally a part of that same trend of diminishing family size. I always notice the irony of "helping old people to be independent" by doing things for them. Some people are old before their time while, at the opposite end, many remain pretty capable until death at a good old age.

It's hard to make generalisations but it is good to know that people care and give help where it is needed. The atttitude towards the elderly is a good marker of the morality of any society.

Rustymommy
Clovis, NM

I'm not surprised that seniors outnumber preschoolers in Utah. Life expectancy in the US is currently almost 80. So if you don't count seniors till they are 65, that is still 15 years as seniors on average. Five years as preschoolers and 15 years as seniors? Sounds perfectly natural that seniors outnumber preschoolers. It is purely a math problem. To have preschoolers outnumber seniors would mean that Utah residents were dying very young. I don't know the actual statistics, but the numbers are probably also impacted by people who choose to spend their post retirement years in Utah due to the moderate price of housing. At least one in three of my retiring friends anticipate moving from CA to UT in the near future to improve their lifestyle after retirement.

shabam
Ogden, UT

Bush left the kids and tax payers 14 T and an economy their own Party wont help the Common Folk out of partisanship.
President Obama, has been towing the former Deferred Debt with a shrinking deficit to boot.
Social Security wants to be Gutted and Made Broken so the Current baby boomers wont see it in the next 15-20 years, because the GOP want to corporatize it or known as privatize it and put it on wall street, So they can finish looting it.
Theres a joke, the Elderly are always saying to the Kids at a Marriage Reception , you are Next. Then the Kids go to a funeral home, and tell the Elderly, you're next.
Moral of the Joke Story is , we all take a turn.

RedShirtCalTech
Pasedena, CA

To "shabam" I don't know what reality you live it, but lets take a look at the reality here.

When Bush left office the debt was under $10Trillion, of which less than half was added during Bush's term in office. His deficts averaged $400 billion, while Obama has averaged over $1 Trillion.

As for privatizing Social Security, that was a plan originally put out there by Bill Clinton, not the GOP.

You may want to return to the reality that you came from, this reality apparently is not yours.

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