Why are old people stupid?
March 21, 2006 10:33 AM Subscribe
The recent stories about the difficulty our seniors have found in understanding the Medicare prescription benefit, coupled with continual reports of vehicular "issues" among the elderly, make me wonder about old people, and whether I will be just like them when I get there.
I realize this is kind of a crass question, but I'm sincere. If we take as a given that people of a certain advanced age tend toward things like poor driving, helplessness in the face of new things and resistance to change, what do we believe is the cause?
The biological degradation of the mind is largely to blame, of course. But is it also related to society and generations?
That is, do you think the current generation of 30-somethings - with our connectedness, our Internet savvy, the technological wonders that comfortably surround us, and our post-modern self-awareness - will be different as elderly folks than the ones we chuckle at today?
Or in the year 2050 will we still be reading stories of kindly, oblivious old gentlemen plowing their hovercrafts into fruit stands and cursing the new, complicated intergalactic tariff forms?