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Questions and Response on Aging and Disability

             Identify 2 or 3 issues faced by the aging population.
             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 and discrimination against the elderly (Schaefer, 2012 p. 395). Ageism robs seniors of choice, independence, dignity and negatively impacts their quality of life.   Ageism influences the presence of diversity because those who are affected by ageism within their career may lose their job due to newer, younger, cheaper people coming into the workplace to take over their current position. This may leave those who are older without proper insurance to take care of their aging bodies which could result in the early deaths and a lack of diversity in the world. Also when the younger generation takes over positions in the workplace that workplace will have a lack of diversity as well.
             What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)? How does the ADEA address issues for the aging population?.
             The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which went into effect in 1968, was passed to protect workers 40 years of age or older from being fired because of their age and replaced with younger workers who presumably would receive lower salaries. The Supreme Court strengthened federal protection against age discrimination in 1996, ruling unanimously that such lawsuits can be successful even if an older worker is replaced by someone older than 40. Consequently, if a firm unfairly fires a 65-year-old employee to make way for a 45-year-old, this still can constitute age discrimination (Schaefer, 2012 p. 396). The ADEA addresses issues for the aging population by making it illegal to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual or otherwise discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's age.

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