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


Age Discrimination on the Job




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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