Associate Program Material
Aging and Disability Worksheet
Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population.
1. Often elderly people are discriminated in the work force.
2. They have trouble fitting in as vital members of society.
3. They are often seen as a financial drain on the economy.
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 of people or groups of people based on their age. As in all cases of discrimination ageism limits the full potential of diversity. Whenever diversity is ...view middle of the document...
• What is being done to address the issues you identified?
Unfortunetly not enough; while there are laws in place that focus on age discrimination, and the supreme courts have taken notice of these laws finding bases for enforcing more of the harder issues involved with ageism, there is still a lot left to be desired. The fact is that all the advancements being made in the business world is in legislation and what really needs to happen is a movement in the business world focused on the important roles that could be forefilled by elderly workers; improving age diversity. A movement like this would not only improve the quality of live of our older members of the community, but also improve the quality of business.
• Is the number of aging population expected to rise in numbers or decrease?
I personally believe that the number of aging population is going to increase due to the improvements and breakthroughs in medical science, and the public awareness campaigns surrounding healthy living. More and more people are turnig their lives around and living healthier lifestyles. This movement does not seem to be fading as I once thought it would. Because of the health choices that people are making with themselves and that of their children, now that they are more informed about all of the dangers of unhealthy habits, and the breakthroughs that the medical community as more medical groups are working together to find new perspective in medical treatment; people are going to live longer, they will live more vibrantly, and therefore become more productive members of society longer into their adult years.
• What types of legislation may or may not be affected by the aging population?
I do not know of any legislation that may not be affected by the aging population being that the term aging population is really relivant to its user. We tend to think of aging population as someone over the age of 40 yrs, but the fact is that this may not be true in the years to come. With the innovations that are expected to take place in the near future, what will be considered the aging population in 2020’? No one knows, and the icing on the cake is that people are becoming more aware of political issues, and the long term affects they have on future generations, as well as the elderly.
• How does poverty affect the aging population?
Poverty can be a virtual death sentence for the elderly. Those that did not follow a financial plan that accounted for medical coverage, cost of living and inflation, sudden drops in the economy, and most importantly a sustainable retirement plan can end up with detrimental results in their life expectancy. Poverty can be devastating enough for a young vibrant member of society, that has it in them to start over and recoupe; this may not be the case for a older person who cannot readily take on the exuation that it can take to recoupe financially and physically.
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