Aging and Disability Worksheet 1

Aging and Disability Worksheet Toni Roberts ETH/125 Instructor: Dr. P. Cornelious July 12, 2013

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Aging and Disability Worksheet 2 Aging and Disability Worksheet Part I Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population. death.isolation since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Our textbook defines this law as "In many respects. defined as a condition that “substantially limits” a “major life activity” such as walking or seeing (Rollins. It prohibits bias in employment. transportation. It is somewhat similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. covering people with a disability. All of this is further emphasized by society’s fixation with youth. Provide citations for all the sources you use. Social Security Answer the following questions in 100 to 200 words each. 1. 395-396).  What is ageism? How does ageism influence the presence of diversity in society? Ageism is defined as prejudice and discrimination against old people.  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. All rights reserved. 2003). and dying as well as a reminder that we all be old one day (p. elderly persons reflect the image of disease. public accommodations. Schafer (2012) writes that for the ageist. Limited or Inadequate retirement resources 3. Employment Concerns 2. . this law is the most sweeping antidiscrimination leg. The ADA went into effect in 1992. and Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. Another stereotype of the elderly is that they are slow and mentally dysfunctional.

Today their work helps enact laws all across the country to protect the rights of those over 50 (Rollins.Aging and Disability Worksheet 3 telecommunication against people with disabilities" (Schaefer. Another key issue that AARP is fighting to preserve is the Social security program as well as Medicare. Also new laws and programs like the reverse mortgage which I am against but many people utilize in order to fund a longer lifespan (Rollins. Which is by not discriminating them. 2012). 2012). AARP and many other agencies have lobbied and many laws have been enacted to prevent ageism in the workplace. The ADA addresses issues for the aging population by how our text book stated "basically. There are federal laws as well as separate state laws that prevent age discrimination in the workplace. AARP is one of the most avid and outspoken sources for information on ageism and many other topics concerning those 50 and over. All rights reserved.  What is being done to address the issues you identified? Today as the baby boomer generation is entering their 50’s there is much concern for the effects of ageism at the workplace. Many private companies are also there to help people with free investment advice and with ways to stretch their retirement budgets. . we can see it taking a civil-rights view of disabilities that seeks to humanize the way society sees and treats people with disabilities" (Schaefer. While many legislators are trying to cut budgets they are constantly lobbying to protect the rights of the elderly as well as the soon to retire.  Is the number of aging population expected to rise in numbers or decrease? Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. 2003). They are steadfast in their fight to ensure that everyone who has paid into Medicaid and Medicare as well as social security gets the benefits of their investments. 2003).

1996. All rights reserved. Many people worked jobs that did not allow them to save on their own and social security is their only means of support.Aging and Disability Worksheet 4 I think this question is asking if the ageing population is due to increase and based on this article I found “Contemporary issues facing aging Americans: implications for rehabilitation and mental health counseling by Charlotte G. is projected that the number of age discrimination claims will increase significantly” (Stansky. 2000).  What types of legislation may or may not be affected by the aging population? This same article goes on to state that because of the focus on education and political involvement during the baby boomer generation that we will see an increased focus on anti-ageing legislation. 1997). 29) and consequently. “They also estimate the current baby boomer population to be somewhere around 75 million people” (Rollins. They quote other authors in their paper “ageism will not be easily tolerated by tomorrow's older population" (Silverstone. For single women who may have left their husbands or never married they too run the risk of not having enough quarters to participate in Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. Michael Richard. Rollins they show some alarming facts “ Persons 85 and older constitute the fastest growing segment of the U.  How does poverty affect the aging population? Many people will not get the chance at traditional retirement. 2003). population and are projected to double to more than 70 million by 2030 (Administration on Aging.S. Carolyn W. Because many workers reaching retirement age are minorities that migrated to the states later in life and did not hold traditional pension bearing jobs we will see and increasing segment of the population that is living below their means of supporting themselves. p. Dixon. .

services rendered by state and local governments.Aging and Disability Worksheet 5 social security or if they can participate because of the low paying jobs they held it is not sufficient to retire on. accommodative services for these disabilities are usually the same as those offered to people with physical. . psychological. telecommunications services. 2003). Generally if their families had the money to pay for their care they were institutionalized. In the mid to late 1700s the first homes for the handicapped emerged in France with Jean-Marc Itard being credited with the creation of one of the first programs especially for the handicapped. With increased health costs it is something that will be the topic of future legislation as many law makers try and reform social security and medical programs (Rollins. Under the ADA. transportation. All rights reserved. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in: employment. places of public accommodation. sensory and cognitive disabilities (Rollins. Provide citations for all the sources you use. This creates a class of workers that have to work in order to maintain their living standards that are no longer qualified for the jobs they have traditionally held.  What does the ADA provide for people with disabilities? The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate based on disability in several different areas in life. Throughout the Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. Those that didn’t either had to suffer for themselves or were left to die. 2003). Part II Answer the following questions in 100 to 200 words each.  How have people with disabilities been treated in the past? Throughout history people with congenital disabilities or those that were disabled later in life have always been a stigma.

000 people were sterilized between 1943 and 1963. Gradually these policies shifted especially with John F. It was 6 years after Kennedy wrote of the deplorable conditions there after his visit in 1966 (Rollins. human rights.Aging and Disability Worksheet 6 1800’s in the united states there was mixed sentiment over how to deal with the handicapped. community-based rehabilitation. All rights reserved. 2003).  How has the attitude toward people with disabilities changed over time? Over time the attitudes have changed and over the last 40 years around the world has seen an increased focus on early intervention. Hervey Wilbur is credited in the same year 1848 with creating the first private institution in his home (Rollins. Kennedy’s creation of The Presidents Panel on Mental Retardation. Also the military got involved when returning soldiers were being mistreated after world war 1 and 2 The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1920 helped some mentally handicapped patients but only those that had suffered injury not genetic disabilities (Rollins. and legislation. . 2003). There was a movement in the later parts of 1800’s towards Eugenics and the fact that mental incapacities were genetic disorders that led to sterilization laws and the subsequent sterilization of some 42. 2003). This practice continued and another 22.000 people between 1907-1944 (Rollins. Now the Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. with particular stress on deinstitutionalization. Dorthea Dix advocated improving treatment in the asylums and poor houses and Samuel Howe created the Perkins Institution a home originally for the blind but he added a wing to help deal with mental handicapped patients as well. 2003). definition and diagnosis. Reporters like Geraldo Rivera especially set the tone of just what was going on behind closed doors with his 1971 and 1972 investigation into the Willow brook state school in New York.

1990. educational opportunities. The military is focused on making reentry to society after our veterans come home easier and the focus is on rehabilitation rather than institutionalization. which was then signed by President George Bush.Aging and Disability Worksheet 7 focus has shifted to compassionate care. I think with the help of organizations like Special Olympics. . I think access to education and access in general are key to making sure everyone has the chance they deserve. All rights reserved. We see constant tales of recovering veterans running marathons and participating in triathlons. Para Olympics. 2003).  What types of legislation have been introduced to address issues faced by people with disabilities? On January 23.  What are some unique circumstances or issues encountered by people with disabilities? Many people with disabilities go on to lead successful rewarding lives. and inclusion in normal activities both in school and in the community as well. There are Siamese twins that share hearts and brains that can drive and attend school and play sports.  What is being done to address those issues? With the amendments in 1990 and 2009 many laws are out there to protect the disabled. the 101st congress passed the “Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990” (ADA). It Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. wounded warriors and others our disabled citizens have the best access to care and equality that they have ever had (Rollins. I think each person is unique in their disability and experiences but now because of the shift in society and the laws to prevent discrimination people born into adversity or cast into it through injury have a good chance of leading a normal life.

Aging and Disability Worksheet 8 established comprehensive protection for people with a variety of disabilities in many aspects of public life. . Having seen the federal government involve itself in protecting racial minorities. All rights reserved. advocates for the disabled began to agitate for protection for their constituency as well. Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. 2003). Federal legislation to protect civil rights initially focused on the prevention of racial discrimination. The impetus for the ADA grew out of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s (Rollins.

(Contemporary Issues in Aging). Carolyn W. Upper Saddle River. April 1). Rollins. 2000". (ABA) Journal. L. Racial and ethnic groups (13th ed. Retrieved July 12. 2013 from http://www.dhhd.Aging and Disability Worksheet 9 References Administration on Aging. (2003. NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.-a0102024776 Copyright © 2012 by University of Phoenix. AoA announces the availability of "a profile of older Americans. The Free Library. from http://www. (2000).).gov/ Schaefer. (1997). All rights reserved. (2003).aoa. R.. Contemporary issues facing aging Americans: implications for rehabilitation and mental health counseling.thefreelibrary. New age woes. American Bar Association. . Retrieved July. (2012). T. issues facing aging Americans: implications for. Stansky. 2013.

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