Hsm210 - Wk 4 - Examining Government Regulations for the Elderly
Submitted By madickl
Examining Government Regulations for the Elderly
November 8, 2013
Examining Government Regulations for the Elderly In order for any organization to run properly there must be regulations and laws in place. The Human Services Department of any state must adhere to strict guidelines provided by the federal government because if these rules are not followed there would not be enough resources to help every individual that desperately needs it. Therefore, in order to prevent to rise of elder abuse as our aging population continues to grow by the thousands each day, there must be some changes made to our existing social policies in order for these people to have their needs met. With this said, my target population in week two was the elderly population. With the ever growing number of people reaching retirement age each year since 2011 when the generation known as the Baby Boomers started to retire at the rate of almost 10,000 per day, many of these elderly people must rely on the services provided by their local human services organizations. In the state of Missouri alone, where I live, Missouri’s elderly population, which is defined by those age 65 and older, is expected to rise significantly over the next several years, from less than 15 percent of the state population in the year 2000 to over 20 percent of the population by the year 2030 (Missouri Senior Report, 2013). However, the needs of the elderly population vary greatly because the youngest baby boomers just turning 65 are more concerned with their quality of life, careers after they retire, and physical activity. On the other hand, the oldest seniors’ are more concerned about healthcare, social isolation, assistance with daily living, and concerns about economic stability (Missouri Senior Report, 2013). Therefore, with the growing number of the aging population elder...