An American lawyer was having lunch in the French city of Lyon with Father Louis Genton, a priest who cared for the aged. Staring deeply into the America’s eyes, Genton made a prediction which, decades later, would indeed come true:

“Medical science has let the genie out of the bottle, making it possible to live far longer than ever dreamed of, but what quality of life will that genie provide? Dennis, he may well be the devil in disguise, giving us long lives ravaged by dementia, health issues we have yet to discover and which will consume vast resources. As death — for many a blessed deliverance — will be postponed, how to care for mom, dad, husband or wife will be our greatest social challenge.”

If you are one of the 77 million baby boomers, or perhaps the child of a boomer, then today’s story will help prevent you from being ripped off and will answer these questions:

Dennis Beaver Practices law in Bakersfield and welcomes comments and questions from readers, which may be faxed to 661-323-7993, or emailed to Also, visit

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