Moments That Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare: A Guide for Family Members
I want to do the right thing. She was a wonderful mother, and deserves only that.
This common refrain comes from children of aged, ill parents. Families struggle with decisions, confronting the inevitable while providing parents with love and care. Modern medicine often offers endless treatmentsbut illnesses eventually progress and the focus must ultimately shift to end-of-life care. Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare reflects Dr. Gordons extensive experience with families struggling with poignant and difficult decisions.
Caring effectively and lovingly for the elders in our families can present daunting dilemmas. Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare provides invaluable information and insights for all concerned. Dr. Michael Gordon has given us a timely and timeless gift with this book.
Dr. Gordon has written a thoughtful and indispensible guide to aid families facing difficult choices in caring for aging family members. There is no other single resource that so deftly and expertly draws together the necessary elements to navigate this phase of the life course.
Drawing on a rich supply of vignettes from his vast clinical experience, Dr. Michael Gordon brings good advice and trenchant analysis to families caring for older relatives. Moments that Matter: Cases in Ethical Eldercare is informative, practical, and compassionateeverything that struggling caregivers need.
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3 Concepts of Medical Ethics and How They Relate to Aging
The Individual and the Surrogate Decision Maker
5 TruthTelling as an Example of Balancing Benefits and Harms
It Isnt Easy to Be Old and Sick
When Goals Conflict
8 The Many Players in Ethics and Care
Reality and Myth
14 LongTerm Care
15 EndofLife Care Decisions
Achieving the Goals of Comfort and Dignity
17 Ethical Perspectives of Health Care Professionals
18 The Final Journey
Advance Care Planning