Associate Program Material
Aging and Disability Worksheet
Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population.
1. Health Issues
2. Not enough money to live on once they are on a government pension 3. Loss of loved ones
Answer the following questions in 100 to 200 words each. Provide citations for all the sources you use.
• What is ageism? How does ageism influence the presence of diversity in society?
Ageism is the discrimination and prejudice of an individual, most particularly senior citizens. Social norms marginalize senior citizens by treating them with disrepect, making them feel unwelcomed, and generalizing them as if they are all the same. Although society regards senior citizens as slow and full of health issues, they are actually mentally and physically fit. The elderly also present and contribute a lot to the same society that outcasts them. Adolescents also experience ageism as they are constantly told they are too young or not educated enough to do certain things. This causes the diversity of society where your either too old or too young. in society nobody is ever the perfect age. Ageism is a negative impact on people as it robs them of their indepence, sense of choice, and dignity.
• What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)? How does the ADEA address issues for the aging population?
The age and Discrimination in Emplotyment Act (ADEA) is a law that protects workers 40 years and older from being fired due to their age, and then replaced by a younger worker that would presumably receive a lower rate of pay for the same job. The ADEA has gone so far as taking companies to court to prove they fired employees for reasons of being to old. The act also works the other way around. If an older person is hired in place of a younger, the discrimintation is stil the same and is upheld by this law. Even with the law in place the elderly are still fighting for their rights.
• What is being done to address the issues you identified?
Preventive health care including health and “lifestyle” education, immunizations and health screenings to reduce injuries and the onset of chronic diseases. Including a range of in-home services that helps older adults stay in their homes longer. Nutrition education also promotes healthy eating through a person’s entire lifespan, and there are community-sponsored nutrition programs like home-delivered meals for older adults who have difficulty preparing their own meals. Safe driving assistance, including larger, easier-to-read road signage, grooved lane dividers, reflective road markings and dedicated left-turn lanes all help to reduce health issues. Including driver assessments and training to promote safe driving for all ages, especially after strokes or other health incidents.
• Is the number of aging population expected to rise in numbers or decrease?
From 1946 through 1960, the United States experienced the Baby Boom years. During that time the fertility rate was higher and more babies were born. Today, the earlier Baby Boomers are entering into retirement age. Because of this there will be an increase in the aging population. While retirement will be a dream come true, there are also several issues and challenges the aging population will face. The first problem includes health issues. These include hearing and sight loss, memory loss and increased health problems. While many people will not face these problems right away, these losses can be gradual, the aging population can learn to adapt to the limitations.
• What types of legislation may or may not be affected by the aging population?
The two types of legislation that may or may not affect the aging population in the US are; The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 respectively. Population aging may affect financial...
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