This book is an important and timely look at issues of ethics inaging. It reflects the complexity of these questions, but develops themin relation to a single general theme: that of the involvement of theelderly in the design of social policy and the research which affectsthem.
Moral problems involving the elderly are many-faceted. Accurateunderstanding and social response demand some integration ofexperience, sensibility, and knowledge provided by differentperspectives. Ethics and Aging incorporates viewpoints fromgerontology, philosophy, law, theology, sociology, psychology,medicine, nursing, and economics.
It is a very useful aid for professionals in gerontology or in social work, for ethicists, ministers of religion, and for all who are connected with the formation of our perceptions on this most valuable and often most neglected segment of our society.
A richness of insights that only an interdisciplinary approach can give.
An interesting collection of essays that should appeal especially to those involved in the provision of care for aged people, or in the analysis of social policy, or in the development of ethical concepts which seem relevant in the modern hospital environment.
1. Introduction to Principal Themes and Issues / Earl R. Winklerand James E. Thornton
Part One: General Perspectives
2. On Reaching a New Agenda: Self-Determination and Aging / JaneA. Boyajian
3. Ethics and Aging: Trends and Problems in the Clinical Setting /David Roy
4. Ethical Aspects of Aging: Justice, Freedom, and Responsibility /John C. Bennett
5. Paradigms of Aging: Growth versus Decline / James E. Birrenand Candace A. Stacey
6. Cognitive Intervention in Later Life: Philosophical Issues /David F. Hultsch and Jane H. McEwan
7. The Calculus of Discrimination: Discriminatory ResourceAllocation for an Aging Population / Eike-Henner W. Kluge
8. Population Aging and the Economy: Some Issues in ResourceAllocation / Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer
Part Two: Specific Issues
9. The Right to Participate: Ending Discrimination Against theElderly / Donald J. MacDougall
10. Society and Essentials for Well-Being: Social Policy and theProvision of Care / Neena L. Chappell
11. Foregoing Treatment: Killing versus Letting Die, and the Issueof Non-Feeding / Earl R. Winkler
12. Foregoing Life-Sustaining Treatment: The Canadian Law ReformCommission and the President's Commission / AlisterBrowne
13. Proxy Consent for Research on the Incompetent Elderly /Barry F. Brown
14. Gerontology's Challenge from Its Research Population /Beverly Burnside
15. Civil Liberties and the Elderly Patient / Arthur Schafer 16.Narrative, Perspective, and Aging / C.G. Prado
Bibliography / James E. Thornton, Anne D. Evans, MeganStuart-Stubbs, Gerry Bates
Index of Names
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