age cohorts

groups of people categorized according to age

age composition

proportions of people within different age categories in a given population

Age Discrimination Act of 1975

U.S. law that made it illegal for programs receiving federal funding to discriminate against people based on age

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)

U.S. law passed in 1967 that protects people over 40 from discrimination in hiring, compensation, working conditions, and termination of employment by businesses and the federal government


discrimination or prejudice based on age


social, mental, and biological processes of growing older and moving through phases of life

assisted living

residential facility for elders who need assistance with daily life but who do not need nursing care

baby boomers

members of the generation born between 1944 and 1961

compression of morbidity

reduction in the length of time people spend ill or disabled before death, compared to past eras


study of the structure and composition of human populations

elder abuse

mistreatment of elders that can include physical, sexual, and emotional violence, deception, financial exploitation, and neglect

filial piety

sense of duty, respect, and obligation to care for older family members


field of medicine devoted to the treatment of conditions prevalent among the elderly


study of aging and old age

life expectancy

average life span for a population or individual

social construction

idea that has been created and accepted by a society