The Rights of Older Americans

IN THE PAST, most of us viewed sixty-five as the age of retirement. Today, more
people are choosing to continue working full or part-time well into their seventies or even
eighties. Many even change their careers in later life. The contributions of older workers
testify to their vitality.

 

I. Age Discrimination on the Job
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) ensures that older workers
receive equal and fair treatment in the workplace. It protects most workers forty years of
age and older from arbitrary age discrimination while on the job. It also seeks to support
the employment of older persons based on their ability rather than age. See
the chapter titled “Law and the Workplace” for a detailed discussion of the
ADEA.

 

Age Discrimination on the Job

 

Pensions

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income

 

Your Right to Health & Long-Term Care Benefits

 

Housing and Long-Term Care Options

 

Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 

Right to Control Your Own Affairs

 

Finding Legal Help

 

The Older Americans Act and Services

 

Where to Get More Information

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