How Human Service Professionals Play A Transition Of A Person 's Life

1289 WordsMar 27, 20176 Pages
Aging and retirement are two concepts that most people think about when it comes to exiting the workforce. Contrary to popular belief, retirement is now being delayed as older Americans live longer. In an article titled, Older Americans employment and retirement by Tang et al. (2013), they detail a new pattern of retirement, while also discussing some issues that should be examined (Tang et al., 2013). The issues mentioned can have an effect on future generations in terms of retirement. This writer examines various components such as gender differences, longevity, and low income. Furthermore, this writer reviews this article in an effort to understand how human service professionals play a role in such a transition of a person’s life.…show more content…
The truth is that the baby boomer population makes up a large portion of the population in the U. S. (Martin, 2014). Baby Boomers who are also referred to as the Graying of America are individuals who were born between 1946 to 1964, which makes up about 29 percent or 76 million in the U. S. population (Martin, 2014). It has been found that most baby boomers or about one-third of Americans do not contribute anything at all to retirement savings nor pension plan (Tang et al., 2013). In terms of longevity, the U. S. Census Bureau projects that individuals ages 85 and older are expected to grow to approximately 20 million by the year 2050 (Martin, 2014). According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of persons aged 65 and older has increased by 101% between 1977 and 2007, the number of employed men that are 65 or older has increased by 75% and 147% for women (Tang et al., 2013). In 2010, 12.9% of women age 65 and above were in the workforce compared to 20.5% of men of the same age group (Tang et al., 2013). Gender differences play a role in work trajectories, employment opportunities, family responsibilities, and job discrimination (Tang et al., 2013). Based on varying roles women undergo a different retirement process than men (Tang et al., 2013). Often times, women are forced into retirement to care for family, have less financial
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