Aren't parents legally, morally, culturally obliged to take care of kids? ..Sometimes parents don't turn out to be great parents ( abusive) .. and sometimes kids don't turn out to be ideal kids ( Tantrums, not listening)...
Society is an institution with sepcific functions and it needs to keep all its parts functioning inspite of the age of the parts..
Old people - no law would ever propagate shunning of a group..The truth is this segment does need support, there are health issues, economic challenges that they face, emotional needs which are more pronounced.. so yes, they need support..
Ideally, state should have plans in place.. because current lifestyles have changed drastically from the 80s-90s in developing economies and 50s in the developed economy..
Life is fraught with tension, extremely fast paced..no one has time for the other person because whatever little time all of us do have, we would want it to ourselves devoid of any duties, responsibiltiies, burden..
Atleast in India, sending parents to old age home, is considered wrong.. I do not think so..Infact it is better since they get company of alike..its better than being alone at home all day long..
Compulsory Financial support somewhat makes sense to me..As a kid if you were not taken care of , you may as well take 'similar good care' if you want revenge.. if you were in a foster home..you wouldn't be liable to following this law in the first place..
Old people, mostly are looking for some emotional connect, need to know that their family needs them..financial support is least one could do..
PS: If you are limiting the POV to support in the sense, compulsrily taking parents in the home.. then yes.. I don't think given today;s lifestyle, its the best thing for them either..