What did people do to survive about 100 years ago, when they could no longer work in their trades or the fields? More..
I guess that's why there were a lot of multi-generational families living together. Everyone took care of each other. This was before social security and medicare. And, a lot of people are under the mistaken impression that these are "free" government handouts. Not so. People work all their lives and pay taxes for these programs, to be reaped when they are unable to continue working. But that is now.
Way back (not THAT long ago, really), before SS and Medicare, not everyone had families or a house or land or a farm. They lived on Poor Farms. Everyone pitched in with whatever they could do. Some working in the fields, some building, some cooking, cleaning, caring for the babies and elderly.
Then, I think I read some "group" (civil liberties??) decided that was not fair to people to "make" them work (sing for their supper, as it were). Someone decided it was slave labor. That's probably when the really "free" entitlements came about. We can see how that's working out.