Out with the old and in with the new. We live in a country where the able-bodied are allowed to stay at home in their parents’ home while the elderly who actually need help much of the time are living lone.

Check out these two stories.

In 2012, 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. This is the highest share in at least four decades and represents a slow but steady increase over the 32% of their same-aged counterparts who were living at home prior to the Great Recession in 2007 and the 34% doing so when it officially ended in 2009.

Please compare that with this news story:

According to the U.S. Census, 11.3 million people, almost 30 percent of those aged 65 and older in the U.S., live alone. For women aged 85 and older, that number grows to more than half… Many of those are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association reports that 800,000 people, one in seven of those with Alzheimer’s disease, live by themselves in the community.

Isn’t this a little crazy? Is this how a society prospers? Those able to live on their own are coddled and infantilized while those who need help are shunned. Is it any surprise at all that euthanasia is all the rage nowadays?

*subhead*Upside down.*subhead*