In this week’s module, you learned about ageism, age discrimination, and elder abuse. Sadly, many of these social problems, especially abuse, are done by family members.
Due Thursday evening by Midnight (5pts): For this week’s post, find a statistic from a reputable website about a social problem experienced by the aging population. Try to find something that you did not learn about in class. Take a picture (a screenshot is fine) of the statistic and post it to the discussion board. Leave a comment about this statistic including a reference (e.g. website or name of the organization identifying where you found it).
Due Sunday evening by Midnight (5pts): Reply to 2 of your fellow students discussing what individuals, families, and institutions can do to protect themselves from experiencing this. Try to offer a solution that a classmate has not suggested. You may want to think about what services are available through institutions such as the government or nonprofits, or you may want to think about having certain resources in place, such as legal documents, etc.
Requirements of the Reply
A well constructed reply will include at least four grammatically correct and thoughtful sentences (with proper citations as needed) that do not include summaries but rather contribute original thought to the discussion and learning. If you reference sources (it is recommended when appropriate but not mandatory to include a reference in your post) or include any information from sources such as the textbook, videos, or websites, please cite using the ASA short citation format or you will face point deductions: http://www(dot)asanet(dot)org/documents/teaching/pdfs/Quick_Tips_for_ASA_Style.pdf Links to an external site.
If you are unsure if you have properly cited the resource, you can email me 48 hours before the assignment is due and I will give you feedback. You can also check TurnIt In for flagged context. Here is an example of how to cite properly (Note ASA is slightly different from APA):
In my opinion, poverty rates are high because of limited employment opportunities. “Poverty in the United States is measured based on relative living rather than absolute conditions (Gibbons, and Jones)” (Open Stax 2015, p. 25). According to Open Stax (2015), there are different ways to measure poverty, and the most popular measurement is relative poverty. I believe subjective poverty might give us an unrealistic measurement of poverty and this seems to also be supported by Open Stax (2015) in that relative poverty is a more valid measurement in the United States.
As you can see by the above example, an ASA citation includes the author(s) of the source (Open Stax), the copyright year (2015), and if it is a direct quotation, the page number which information can be found by the reader. If you are summarizing the thought in your own words you do not have to list the page number. Also note that one period is always placed after the citation parenthesis and not before (e.g. “.). When copying word for word from a source, you are required to place information in “quotation marks” otherwise not doing so is defined as plagiarism.
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