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Ethics and Aging

The Right to Live, the Right to Die

This book is an important and timely look at issues of ethics in aging. It reflects the complexity of these questions, but develops them in relation to a single general theme: that of the involvement of the elderly in the design of social policy and the research which affects them. Moral problems involving the elderly are many-faceted. Accurate understanding and social response demand some integration of experience, sensibility, and knowledge provided by different perspectives. Ethics and Aging incorporates viewpoints from gerontology, philosophy, law, theology, sociology, psychology, medicine, nursing, and economics.

270 pages

Table of Contents



1. Introduction to Principal Themes and Issues / Earl R. Winkler and James E. Thornton

Part One: General Perspectives

2. On Reaching a New Agenda: Self-Determination and Aging / Jane A. 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. Birren and Candace A. Stacey

6. Cognitive Intervention in Later Life: Philosophical Issues / David F. Hultsch and Jane H. McEwan

7. The Calculus of Discrimination: Discriminatory Resource Allocation for an Aging Population / Eike-Henner W. Kluge

8. Population Aging and the Economy: Some Issues in Resource Allocation / Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer

Part Two: Specific Issues

9. The Right to Participate: Ending Discrimination Against the Elderly / Donald J. MacDougall

10. Society and Essentials for Well-Being: Social Policy and the Provision of Care / Neena L. Chappell

11. Foregoing Treatment: Killing versus Letting Die, and the Issue of Non-Feeding / Earl R. Winkler

12. Foregoing Life-Sustaining Treatment: The Canadian Law Reform Commission and the President's Commission / Alister Browne

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

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