To accompany the collection of Contexts articles focused on aging, use these questions and activity to get a fruitful discussion going in your class. This collection
is available for free to ASA members.
1) On what grounds do the authors argue that Social Security and Medicare are not the biggest problems presented by an aging America?
Activity: The article states that policies to help the elderly often need to target young people in order to come to a long-term solution. Think of a problem faced by the elderly and what policies directed at children now might help alleviate that problem in the future.
Ageism in the American Workplace
1) What are some of the stereotypes about older people that lead to employment discrimination against them? Are there stereotypes about young people that could spur ageist discrimination? What can be done to dispel myths and reduce discrimination in either case?
2) How is discrimination related to economics, and how might the current economic recession affect ageism in the workplace?