The elderly are not a burden, they are an asset. Only when the government "takes care" of the elderly, they become a burden.
Before SS, most elderly people lived with their children and grandchildren. They helped raise several generations. They provided day care (baby sitting), prepared traditional meals and most importantly they helped raise, supervise and guide their grandchildren through childhood and adolescence. They provided love and made their grandchildren feel special. They imparted wisdom to their children from their lifetime of invaluable real-world experience.
No amount of money can replace the role of the elderly. That role has been taken away from them by the unintended consequences of Social Security, just like the role of the father has been usurped by government welfare.
"Winners and losers" will always be with us because that is part of the human condition. Equal outcomes for all men can never be achieved on Earth. It never has been, it never will be and it is un-natural. The best we can do is to provide equal justice under the law and allow all men to follow their individual desires. Some will succeed and some will fail.
Struggle is the natural condition for all living things that I have observed. Only caged animals have no struggle. Struggle is the essence of life. It is impossible to change the rules of nature. Some people will have the ambition and wherewithal to succeed while others will choose to do as little as possible in order to survive. Government social programs encourage people to do as little as possible in order to survive. This makes society as a whole poorer and leaves many people without purpose or ambition like caged animals waiting for their next meal.