Social Security Applications on the Rise?

This American Life recently highlighted (and lambasted?) the Social Security Disability Insurance program as a well-intended system that is taken advantage of by unemployed people looking for a handout. The statistics highlighted by this program and similar articles written on the subject omit a key fact in their analysis - the rise in applications to these programs is mainly due to a long-predicted bulge from the baby-boomer generation who are in their late 50s, and early 60s.