If they do, they are seriously misguided.
In 1950 around 60 out of every thousand children died before their fifth birthday. In 1999 that figure had dropped to 5 children in a thousand.
In the early part of the 20th century sixty out of every hundred people died before their 60th birthday. By 1995 that figure had dropped to 12 out of a hundred.
In 1901 the life expectancy for a man was 45 years, and 49 years for a woman.
A man born in 2000 can expect to live for 75 years, and a woman for 80.
Yep, that's why they called it the good old days.