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Brings together scientific, normative and policy issues in a single volume, endorsing a truly multidisciplinary approach Includes competing standpoints in the reflection on aging and longevity
Offers comprehensive introduction to educated professionals who are new to normative and policy dimension the field enquiry
Covers various types of analysis, ranging from philosophical discourse to a narrative approach of the topic and the results of empirical research
This volume is about the ethical and philosophical issues that arise in an aging society, and the implications of these issues for healthcare- and social policy. After a brief overview of biomedicine's changing approach of ageing and longevity and of the new expectations that these changes generate, various ethical, social, and policy issues that surround aging and longevity are discussed. First, the images and social meanings of aging and old age in our society are explored, including their normative dimensions and implications for policy. Next, ethical issues in the care for frail elderly are discussed, as well as notion of good care and end-of-life decisions. Finally, the ethical and social implications of emerging possibilities for anti-aging and lifespan extension are considered. The book concludes with an overview of the relevance of the issues discussed for policy making on professional, national and international levels.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Health Care Ethics - anti aging medicine - elderly care - ethics and longevity - ethics of aging - health care policy