Age http://wyso.org en Should Age Matter? How 65 Came to Be Old and Old Came to Be Ill http://wyso.org/post/should-age-matter-how-65-came-be-old-and-old-came-be-ill <p>Baby boomers, 78 million strong, are turning 65 at a rate of 4 million per year. The press, the government, and the medical community claim, often and loudly, that these numbers augur a mass dependency crisis. Such spokesmen envision a world of decrepit elders afflicted with chronic disease slurping their way through the country’s resources. This month historian Tamara Mann explores how, in the United States, the so-called “geriatric crisis” is less related to age itself than to the relationship between old age and government funds, particularly Medicare. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Tamara Mann 27807 at http://wyso.org Should Age Matter? How 65 Came to Be Old and Old Came to Be Ill