Older Adults

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According to the American Psychology Association, older adults are defined as “persons 65 years of age or older (APA, Practitioners, 2002) The older adult population is separated by two subpopulations called “young old”, “older old”, and “oldest old.”(APA, Practitioners, 2002) “Young old” describe those between the ages of 65-74, “older old” describes those between the ages of 75 and 84, and oldest old refers to those 85 and older. (APA, Practitioners, 2002) Other important subpopulations include the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) older adults and racially diverse subpopulations. (Aging and Health Report) The ageing LGBT subpopulation is an overlooked part of the older adult population that is rarely addressed (Aging
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(USGov, 2012) In the years to follow after the ADEA was implemented, several other laws were passed that were in relation to or based upon the ADEA of 1967. (USGov, 2012) The ADEA was amended in 1986 to include the following changes: the age limit of seventy was removed, making the act applicable to anyone of the age of forty. (EEOC, 2009) It also required employers to continue health coverage of employees over 70 and their families. (EEOC, 2009) Finally, the amended act made it unlawful for employers to require an employee of any age to retire. (EEOC, 2009) Another very important amendment to the ADEA was the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act of 1990, which stated’ “The term `compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment ' encompasses all employee benefits, including such benefits provided pursuant to a bona fide employee benefit plan.” (EEOC, 1990?) This made it so that employees are required to allocate the same amount of funds that go towards benefits of younger worker to the benefits for older adults. (EEOC, 1990?) The next act introduced was the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 which prohibited discrimination on the basis of age in programs or

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