There have been a great many changes over the past half century and perhaps the greatest difference is how much more of everything there is.
First of all, there are more things you can die from nowadays. Fifty years ago, they had heart failure, pneumonia and consumption. Today, the list is as long as you are.
There are more laws to be broken and cops to catch the bad guys (more of them too) and more prisons to put them in.
We have more money and more things to buy, although this increase is uneven we seem to run out of money much sooner than we run out of things too buy.
And more greed, and more robberies. Also, it seems as though every other person is suing someone. The courts are so backed up that it sometimes takes years to litigate a problem, and so, more lawyers. More insurance premiums now proceed every conceivable happenstance, and so, more insurance fraud.
In fact, there is virtually more of everything. So, it's only fair that we consider Newton's law that "every action has an equal and opposite reaction." There is a lot less of somethings too.
There's a whole lot less love in the world these days less respect for one another, less responsibility taken (It's not my fault.)
There is less family concern too, both ways. Parents ignore children and then, they abandon parents (more rest homes, less conscience).
I think we senior folks should be able to figure out a way to avoid all these excesses to relax and enjoy the time we have left. You know, make the best of what we have, more or less.
There's a lot less patriotism too. Too little of the honor and respect that love of country calls for, and so the plea for "God to bless America" is past tense ... He already has.
These days it should be, "God help America." I think he knows we need it.