Essay on Aging and Disability Worksheet

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Aging and Disability Worksheet

Part I

Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population.

1. Lack of retirement planning. 2. Healthcare 3. Discrimination

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 occurs when a group discriminates or prejudges another group based soley off of age. It can happen against groups of any age, but it mainly is targeted against the elderly. Ageism influences the presence of diversity, because the people who are affected by ageism in the workplace may lose their positions to newer, younger,
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They have suggested that the risk be spread across large groups of employees and retirees. That kind of broad risk pooling would provide significant protection to individuals and would reduce overall costs. One solution being looked at by the government for the healthcare problem is to push the retirement age past 65. This will allow the aging population to continue to have healthcare provided by employers. In most cases, employers cannot force employees to retire at a specified age.

• Is the number of aging population expected to rise in numbers or decrease?

According to the Administration on Aging, the population of people over the age of 65 in the United States in 2009 was 39.6 million (Aging Statistics, 2013). They estimate that by the year 2040, the population of that same group will almost double to about 72.1 million. With the advances in medicine, people are living longer. Another reason for the increase in age is the fact that people are changing their eating habits. Nutrion has become more important to the younger generation, so as they age, their bodies will be in better health.

Aging Statistics. (2013). Retrieved from

• What types of legislation may or may not be affected by the aging population?

The types of legislation that will be affected by the aging population include but are not limited to pension and health care. In both cases, the

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