Monday, October 5, 2009

Shrinking Newspaper Size Has Shrunk the Amount of Space Allocated to Seniors

David Mehegan, a columnist for the Boston Globe, made an interesting point about one way in which newspapers have changed.
Newspapers used to have cheerful, wide-ranging columns on senior life. Today, the closest thing to it is the column in the Globe business section, under the daily Wall Street report, which is often about the funding of retirement: stocks, bonds, annuities, insurance, Social Security and 401(k) plans, strategies for protecting wealth. Not about grandchildren or love or art, not friends or community or good times. Money.
It's true -- there's very little about seniors in the paper, unless it's about boomers (hard to refer to them as Baby Boomers now that the leading edge has reached retirement age). There's not much otherwise for people in their 70s and 80s or for their children who are increasingly responsible for them.

And what does appear is all about money, financial planning, etc. Isn't there more to getting old than that?

Good point, Mr. Mehegan. Check out "Don’t show me the money."

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