Aging and Ethics: Philosophical Problems in Gerontology

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Humana, 1991 - Medical - 394 pages
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Aging and Ethics explores the many urgent ethical issues involving the elderly, their care, and their role in society that have only recently come to the fore.
There are now eight times more Americans over the age of sixty-five than at the turn of this century; their proportion to the rest of the population has almost tripled. This aging of society is expected to accelerate into the next century, and raises an increasing number of deep and troubling questions: What are our responsibilities toward aging family members? What can we reasonably expect in our own old age? What special role (if any) do older persons play in our society? How can medical resources be distributed justly between generations? How can institutions that serve the elderly preserve values such as autonomy, self-respect, and dignity?
Nancy Jecker's timely new volume deals with these and other issues on four levels: the aging individual; aging and filial responsibility; distributive justice in an aging society; and philosophical reflections on aging and death.
Aging and Ethics is must reading for professionals in many of health-related and counseling fields, as well as for the growing number of concerned laypeople who need to better understand the often compelling issues associated with aging today.

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Contents

The Meaning of Life in Old
51
Recovering the Body in Aging
113
The Aging Society as a Context for Family Life
123
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