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. Loss of loved ones
2. Mobility
3. Discrimination due to age

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 prejudice against a group who is of old age and discriminated against solely based on their age. This group is usually men and women whose age is 40 or older. It has a great influence today. Society at times views older men and women as a liabilities and or incompetent to perform tasks that younger individuals can perform accordingly
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• Is the number of aging population expected to rise in numbers or decrease?

Yes, it is expected to increase and this is also due to the fact of the baby boomer era. The population grew drastically between the years of 1946-1964, due to the rapid growth and the large numbers born during that time, it is said that by 2030, 46% of the population will be 65 or older. By taking these numbers into consideration that makes one in five people will be of old age by 2030

• What types of legislation may or may not be affected by the aging population?
One of the biggest issues that will be affected is Social Security benefits and medical care for everyone. Today twelve percent of the total population is age 65older; by 2080 it will be up to 23%. However at the same time the working-age is shrinking every year, right now the working-age it is 60% and it is believed to drop to 45% by 2080. Social Security is experiencing low work-to-beneficiary ratio which will fall from 3.3 percent in 2005 to two percent in 2040. That is the year that is believed to be when the Social Security trust fund will have been exhausted. Due to this there will be significant challenges that policymakers and all future Americans. Because of that policymakers are now encouraging many to delay retirement and some people are even suggesting that retirement benefits be lowered the main reason for the suggestion is people are living longer than they used to.

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