Disability Worksheet Essay

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Associate Program Material Aging and Disability Worksheet Part I Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population. 1. Health/Mental State 2. Income Level 3. Feeling Abandoned or Lonely 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 practice of prejudice and discrimination against older adults. Ageism influences the presence of diversity because older individuals in career fields can lose their jobs or be replaced with people that are younger, cheaper, and may have updated knowledge older individuals don’t possess. For example, we are in a technology driven world older career individuals would have to learn and adapt to the changing technology. The loss of a job would also mean the loss of many benefits such as health insurance. Finding affordable health insurance is much harder when you are older due to pre-existing conditions or lifestyle habits. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ageism • What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? How does the ADA address issues for the aging population? The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA is a civil rights law helps prevent discrimination based on disability. It became law in 1990 and prevents discrimination from happening during a job, on transportation, at a school or university, as well as all public and private places open to the public. It helps protects the rights of Americans with disabilities just like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which based it’s discrimination on race, religion, or gender. A disability is defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The ADA addresses issues for the aging baby boomer population by helping promote advocacy in

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