Many of the policies outlined in the media deal with some of the mental health and psychosocial problems common to adult development and aging, such as the establishment of The National Institute on Aging in 1974, the Family and Medical Leave Act on 1996, the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, and the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act in 2016.
According to O’Brien (2014):
The oldest baby boomers turned 60 in 2006, and when the trend peaks in 2030, the number of people over age 65 will soar to 71.5 million—which is one in every five Americans. This is twice the number as in 2000. (para. 2)
This gradual population increase of those over 65 has created a continuous need for services and government policies that target this growing population. There are any number of issues relating to mental health and psychosocial problems on the horizon for America’s aging population. A few examples include Social Security, Medicare, Alzheimer’s, Long-Term Care, VA Administration, prescription costs, social services available for senior citizens, and government programs such as Meals on Wheels.
For this assignment, review a variety of resources that deal with current issues regarding mental health and psychosocial problems common to adult development and aging, and select one issue that is of particular interest to you. Using scholarly resources, identify at least five resources related to the aging issue you selected, and draft an informational PowerPoint presentation you could deliver to a local organization of your choice.