The media frequently blames boomers for the ills of American society. An example is the so-called problem with Social Security Disability (SSD). Pundits point to the demographic bulge created by the Baby Boomers as one reason for the financial crisis experienced by the SSD program in recent years.
There were 6,876,600 men and 7,607,230 women living with cancer in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2014, according to a report from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. These numbers do not include noninvasive cancer (except urinary bladder cancer), basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers. Adding people with these cancers would raise the total number of cancer patients significantly.
Homeless people are more likely to have some sort of disability, either mental or physical than the general population. According to a Housing and Urban Development study released in 2009, 42.8 of adults using homeless shelters reported a disability compared to 17.7 percent of non-homeless people.
Miami applicants seeking hearings about their claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits have the longest wait times in the United States - 22 months. Some people die waiting. Others become homeless.