Aging and Disability Worksheet Essay

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Aging and Disability Worksheet

Part I

Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population.

1. Health Issues
2. Income and Economic Welfare
3. Neglect and Abuse

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 a form of discrimination and prejudice, particularly experienced by seniors. Most seniors are mentally and physically active regardless of age with a great deal to contribute.

Ageism influences the presence of diversity because those who are affected by ageism within their career may lose their
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The “dependency ratio” of elderly persons to working adults is expected to rise from the 59 dependents per 100 working adults in 2005 to 72 dependents per 100 working adults in 2050. This will mean fewer people paying taxes and providing services in support of the older generation. What types of legislation may or may not be affected by the aging population?

The key areas of legislation which will be affected by the aging population concern pension provision and health care. In both cases, the key issue is that the number of people working and paying taxes to fund pensions and healthcare will decrease while the number of older people making use of these services rises. In the longer term, especially as baby boomers become the older old, there will be a rise in demand for health services and long term care, possibly combined with constrained public spending, creating a challenge for the funding of public services and pensions and increasing pressure on families and friends to support retirees.

How does poverty affect the aging population?

Age related poverty would result from the younger generation and state services being unable to bear the costs of supporting the elderly, in terms of their basic needs – food, clothing, shelter – as well as their other needs such as health, transport and recreation. Age related poverty could

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