The terms “filial responsibility” and “filial support” refer to an adult child’s obligation to render care to aging parents. Before Medicare and Social Security, children were obliged to meet their filial responsibilities by filial support laws. These laws gave children the primary responsibility in caring for elderly parents – neglecting to do so could yield financial consequences.
Medicare and Social Security, however, have largely relieved children of this primary role. Even though filial support laws remain on the books in 30 states, only Pennsylvania and Sout
h Dakotahave recent track records enforcing these laws.
A Wall Street Journal article states that presently:
Each generation of workers pays for the retirement benefits of the generation ahead of it. The system is powered by babies, who grow up to become productive little FICA contributors. But even if you never have children, someone else's kid will eventually pay for your Social Security benefits.
The government now takes the primary role in caring for aging adults in many cases.