I have to admit that this Harris Interactive study surprised me. The long held belief has been that the Asian cultures have far more respect for their elders and caring for them is an expected rite of passage. Seems it is not so.

In the 20 countries included in the survey conducted for Charles Schwab and AgeWave, North Americans were the least likely and Asians the most likely to see older people as a burden, who get too much for free, have little purpose in life, spend too much time living in the past and have too much time on their hands.

Worth a read.