Aging and Disability Worksheet

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Aging and Disability Worksheet Toni Roberts ETH/125 Instructor: Dr. P. Cornelious July 12, 2013 Aging and Disability Worksheet Part I Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population. 1. Employment Concerns 2. Limited or Inadequate retirement resources 3. Social Security 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 defined as prejudice and discrimination against old people. Schafer (2012) writes that for the ageist, elderly persons reflect the image of disease, death, and dying as well as a reminder that we all be old one day (p. 395-396). Another stereotype of the elderly is that they are slow and mentally dysfunctional. All of this is further emphasized by society’s fixation with youth. * What is the Age Discriminitation in Employment Act (ADEA)? How does the ADEA address issues for the aging population? The Americans with Disability Act is a law that prohibits discrimination based on disability and only disability. It is somewhat similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Our textbook defines this law as "In many respects, this law is the most sweeping antidiscrimination leg- isolation since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The ADA went into effect in 1992, covering people with a disability, defined as a condition that “substantially limits” a “major life activity” such as walking or seeing (Rollins, 2003). It prohibits bias in employment, transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunication against people with disabilities" (Schaefer, 2012). The ADA addresses issues for the aging population by how our text book stated "basically, we can see it taking a civil-rights view of disabilities that seeks to humanize the way society sees and treats people with disabilities"

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