The baby boomers are the generation that was born around 1945 – 1964 and therefore they came into the world during the civil rights movement. Before the baby boomers, there is the silent generation who were born between 1926 -1944, during the era of great depression. The silent generation grew up expecting hard life but did not participate in the World War II as they were too young. The difference between this group and the baby boomers is that they were conformist and very hardworking because they were born during times of war and hardship. The greatest generation was born between 1901 – 1925 who grew up during the great depression and served in the Army during World War II, their primary attribute was courage and perseverance amidst adversity (Pritchard & Whiting, 2014). The Baby Boomers lack traditional values compared to the older generations. The baby boomers are more independent and competitive; they also value individuality more contrary to the older generation. Ethnicity and race play a significant role in financial and health outcomes because other races other than the white are discriminated regarding job opportunities and access to quality health.
The National Aging Network was formed as a result of the Older Americans Act of 1965 that was aimed at providing better living and services to the most elderly population (Parikh, Montgomery, & Lynn, 2015). The Act targets individuals who are 60 + years. The National Aging Network provides an interrelationship or coordination between agencies on aging in local, state and federal level. Older Americans Act was introduced as a bill by Representative John Fogarty in January 1965 during the administration of President Lyndon Johnson. The Act created several programs such as Administration on Aging (AoA) and The Older American Community Service Employment Act. The Aging Network’s greatest achievement is ensuring proper strategic planning in the different levels of government, coordination of service delivery and program development. The policy has seen the elderly getting access to better health services through National Family Caregiver Support Program. The old have received better nutritional services through Nutrition Program.
The reactance theory does not clearly explain why some individual are reluctant to apply to some services because it presumes that an infringed freedom of behavior would result to reactance, to restore that freedom (Quick & Stephenson, 2008). The theory of equity asserts that people would be motivated when they feel there are fairness and equal distribution of resources; therefore, they would not apply to certain services when they feel there is the lack of equity. Attribution theory best explains why people do not apply to certain services because happenings are attributed to situation e.g. the elderly may fail to apply for a job because they are perceived as less efficient and unproductive so they rather not apply. The best way of dealing with the elders dealing with their fundamental beliefs is through boosting their self-esteem. A social connection should be sought with the elderly and promoting the feeling of independence.