Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging

Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging

Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging

Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging

Synopsis

Because long-term aging has created a "new generation" of older adults, some new issues are emerging which need to be addressed from an ethical perspective--elder abuse, physician assisted suicide, dementia, intergenerational equity, guardianship, and living wills. Johnson offers both a resource on ethics and aging with a historical perspective and policy recommendations for the future with an ethical emphasis.

Excerpt

The Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging has afforded me a rare privilege to explore what I consider the most important element of all human relationships-- ethical behavior -- and to share in this learning with a number of able and committed colleagues. I wanted to produce a handbook about specific ethical issues adults may encounter as they grow older. Therefore, not only did I look for colleagues knowledgeable about ethics and aging, but I also approached specialists with particular expertise in the areas of ethical issues in a culturally and religiously diverse society, spiritual care, medical care, quality of health care, terminal care, care of the judgment-impaired, mental health care, personal safety with an emphasis on elder mistreatment, home health care, family care, technological care with emphasis on assistive devices to prolong life or compensate for health limitations, legal care, boundaries and possibilities for aging research, and long-term care. Consequently, a number of disciplines are represented in the handbook. These include sociology, anthropology, theology, medicine, philosophy, humanities, social work, law, social policy, public health, and history. The professional focuses of these contributors range from teaching to research to policy making to human services practice. This array of subjects, disciplines, and professions has led to a comprehensive volume and a richness of meaning for the theme of ethical issues in aging.

The contributors to the handbook have made a concerted effort to present the state of the art in ethical issues in aging by examining how specific topics have been and are currently being perceived and implemented in practice. In addition to previous and contemporary thinking in the respective subjects mentioned above, the handbook contributors have posed new questions and proposed thoughtful solutions for ethical practice in aging in the future. Several contributors have used case studies, both actual and hypothetical, to describe ethical . . .

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