Associate Program Material
Aging and Disability Worksheet
Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population.
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 prejudice and discrimination against the elderly. (pg. 395 racial and ethnic groups) Society view the elderly as disease and death and ends up glorifying youth as the ideal thing to be. Most middle age people are upset to be getting older because of these stereotypes about the elderly. 84% of people over the age of 60 have been subjected to ageism whether it was at a job where they were looked at as a liability or just in society itself. Some elderly people deal with discrimination from people who are afraid to get old and see the elderly as a reminder of what they are going to deal with. (pg. 395-396 racial and ethnic groups)
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? How does the ADA address issues for the aging population? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
What is being done to address the issues you identified?
Is the number of aging population expected to rise in numbers or decrease? The number of aging population is expected to increase, according to the Administration on Aging: Aging Statistics. The older population--persons 65 years or older--numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number...
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