I am now a senior citizen (age 75) What I can say is that here in U.K. being a senior citizen is very different from how it was for my parents and my grandparents.
My generation had family allowance to help with the upkeep of children, it wasn't much but helped. We had free milk and vitamins when pregnant and our children had vitamin tablets. If out of work there was unemployment benefit, free school dinners for our children etc.
My parents generation had no family allowance for the first child but did for subsequent ones. There was very little help for those out of work and rules were very harsh. Times were hard and they had been children during one war then young parents through another. Very many foods were rationed. They had to 'make do and mend' which meant never wasting anything; using one things for another purpose after it was no use for it's primary purpose. Children tended to be underweight even though, parents went without so that children could eat.
In my grandparents day there was no government help whatsoever, families helped families, neighbours helped neighbours when and wherever they could but there were very many hungry, underweight people who still were expected to work hard if they had jobs. Those who had no jobs relied on those who did. Families were closer and cared much more than today's youth.
Back to today's elderly people. We had a better time in very many ways that our parents and grandparents did but, along the way, much has been lost. Many, not all, of today's youngsters show no appreciation for anything and think they deserve (and SHOULD have) everything. They are spoilt brats who, in many cases are foul mouthed and completely out of control. Soon they won't know how to cope with anything because the very old are now gone, the middle group are now becoming in need of help themselves and the young to middle aged are fighting a losing battle with uncouth youth. When uncouth youth is middle aged they'll wonder what has hit them because their kids will need them and so will their parents but they'll have nothing to offer because they've learned nothing.