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Ch 30: Politics and Policy for Older Adults

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and take quizzes to learn more about the politics and policies that affect older adults, in areas ranging from health care to public assistance.

Politics and Policy for Older Adults - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Politics and policy as they relate to aging adults can have a significant affect on their quality of life. Two ways that older adults can have a say in decisions made through the political and policy process is through voting and advocacy, such as activism and lobbying. These video lessons provide you with an overview of older adults' participation in these spheres. You'll also learn about the kinds of public and private programs that support older adults, like Medicaid and Social Security. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Talk about older adults' participation in the voting process
  • Discuss the significant points of the Older Americans Act
  • Describe advocacy efforts by and on behalf of older adults
  • Name and discuss the purpose of private and public support programs for aging adults
  • Discuss the purpose of service delivery for older adults

Video Objective
Political Participation of the Aging Population Discuss how aging adults behave as voters, including political leanings.
Advocacy Groups & Movements for Older Adults Name several groups and movements that lobby for older adults' interests; talk about the history and effectiveness of these efforts.
The History and Programs of the Older Americans Act Describe the scope of this act and the programs it established.
The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Older Adults Explain how this act applies to aging adults and their needs.
Social Insurance Programs for Older Adults Identify examples of this kind of program, including Social Security.
Public Assistance Programs for Older Adults Explain how public assistance programs like SSI and Medicaid work.
Medicare and Medicaid: Definitions & Functions Describe these two programs and how they work.
Costs and Problems of Medicare and Medicaid Discuss coverage, cost, funding and alternatives for these programs.
White House Conferences on Aging: 1961, 1971, 1981 & 2005 Discuss the purpose and goals of these meetings.
Private Social Programs for Older Adults Identify programs and sponsors, and discuss these programs' purpose.
Service Delivery for Older Adults Describe the purpose of service delivery, and name the factors that influence the decision to use it.
Contemporary Policy Issues Concerning Older Adults Identify and explore common policy issues.

12 Lessons in Chapter 30: Politics and Policy for Older Adults
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Political Participation of the Aging Population

1. Political Participation of the Aging Population

In this lesson, we will examine the voting habits and viewpoints of older adults. You will learn which political party older adults support most frequently and why their views tend to lean in particular ways.

Advocacy Groups & Movements for Older Adults

2. Advocacy Groups & Movements for Older Adults

In this lesson, you will learn how older adults have gained more political power through advocacy groups over time. You will explore how the combined efforts of these movements have affected public policy.

The History and Programs of the Older Americans Act

3. The History and Programs of the Older Americans Act

In this lesson, we look back in time at the establishment of the Older Americans Act of 1965. You will learn about the programs in the original Act and additions made over time to enhance services to older Americans.

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Older Adults

4. The Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Older Adults

In this lesson, we will imagine life before and after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from the perspective of a person who has survived a stroke. You will also learn why the ADA specifically benefits older adults.

Social Insurance Programs for Older Adults

5. Social Insurance Programs for Older Adults

This lesson discusses the Social Security Act of 1935 and why a social insurance program for older adults was established. We explore this topic from the perspective of a family affected by the Great Depression.

Public Assistance Programs for Older Adults

6. Public Assistance Programs for Older Adults

This lesson discusses public assistance programs available to older adults. You will explore the types of benefits and support that older adults with very limited resources may be eligible to receive.

Medicare and Medicaid: Definitions & Functions

7. Medicare and Medicaid: Definitions & Functions

This lesson will teach and define what Medicare and Medicaid are, what they are for, what they provide, and for whom they were established for. We'll also cover the four main parts of Medicare.

Costs and Problems of Medicare and Medicaid

8. Costs and Problems of Medicare and Medicaid

In this lesson, you will tackle the question of why Medicare and Medicaid programs can be expensive and what solutions have been proposed to address this. We will consider the benefits provided by these services and the costs involved.

White House Conferences on Aging: 1961, 1971, 1981 & 2005

9. White House Conferences on Aging: 1961, 1971, 1981 & 2005

In this lesson, you are a fly on the wall at a meeting in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging. Find out what important historical events have been sparked by these meetings and why this forum matters.

Private Social Programs for Older Adults

10. Private Social Programs for Older Adults

This lesson highlights key private social programs available to older adults, such as senior centers, religious communities, and nonprofit organizations. We'll look at the benefits and purpose of these programs, which go beyond government assistance.

Service Delivery for Older Adults

11. Service Delivery for Older Adults

This lesson discusses how a changing population affects the delivery of adequate service to older consumers. We'll also examine what providers can do to overcome barriers and improve access to quality care.

Contemporary Policy Issues Concerning Older Adults

12. Contemporary Policy Issues Concerning Older Adults

In this lesson, you'll learn about issues in public policy that affect older adults today and what updates are needed to help older adults age well. You'll also discover the groups most likely to experience more challenges in their older years.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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