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Ethics, getting older and Society...is the 1st significant paintings in ten years to seriously handle matters and methodologies in getting older and ethics...This well-organized quantity starts off theoretically and provides new methods of brooding about ethics which could deal with the complexities and realities of getting older specifically social contexts. --Choice "[T]he authors' program of feminist ethics to frail elders jewelry precise to either my medical event operating with frail elders, and my study adventure attempting to comprehend their caliber of lifestyles concerns...there have been real gemstones of principles [in this e-book] that illuminated the constraints of the dominant paradigm of autonomy in bioethics. [The authors] make a compelling critique of end-of-life care." --GeriPal: A Geriatrics and Palliative Care web publication This booklet offers moment iteration matters in ethics, getting older, and society by means of featuring severe results that come up while ethics is utilized to the sensible matters that take place in daily elder care. the 1st quantity in over 10 years to deal with ethics and gerontology, it's unheard of in its comprehensiveness and integration of well-developed philosophical arguments with empirical examine, humanistic scholarship, and insights won from sensible event. This e-book demanding situations the attempted and precise ways of and addressing moral matters in getting older and opens avenues for inventive problem-solving. The authors' different backgrounds carry some great benefits of either interdisciplinary scholarship and useful event to this accomplished textbook. it really is a necessary source for these attracted to, and dealing with, older humans, from upper-level undergraduate scholars and graduate-division scholars, to gerontology practitioners in training.Key good points: provides the 1st significant paintings in over 10 years to combine the disciplines of ethics and getting older comprises case reviews derived from day by day perform Addresses individual/clinical ethics in healthiness and long term care and moral concerns raised by way of public coverage, cultural norms and social attitudes Examines such serious concerns as Alzheimer's sickness, long term care, ageism, public coverage, anti-aging medication, elder abuse, and normal failures Explores new instructions in moral and social philosophy as they pertain to gerontology and care

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Acute care is characterized by the high-tech monitoring of acute illnesses, complex diagnostic procedures, and treatable conditions: the medical problem is definable, recognized (both medically and socially), and controllable at the acute stage. Victims in acute care situations present medical problems that are immediately recognizable and treatable. Chronic care—the kind of care that best characterizes treatment of the elderly—is, by Chapter 1. Ethics and Aging 13 contrast, marked by an uncertainty of condition and outcome, no social and often no medical recognition of the problem, and the inability to control or eliminate the medical condition.

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13). Considering all the unequal relationships that persist in our hierarchical and class-based society, it might be argued that sustained analysis of their moral elements might make a difference for all who are involved. By the mid-1980s, the principle of autonomy was extended to people who lacked the capacity to make decisions for themselves. Authorized proxy decision-makers were instructed to decide as that person would have decided had they been able to act for themselves. Acting benevolently—or in an elder’s best interests—was a distinct second best.

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