This book is an important and timely look at issues of ethics inaging. It reflects the complexity of these questions, but develops themin relation to a single general theme: that of the involvement of theelderly in the design of social policy and the research which affectsthem.
Moral problems involving the elderly are many-faceted. Accurateunderstanding and social response demand some integration ofexperience, sensibility, and knowledge provided by differentperspectives. Ethics and Aging incorporates viewpoints fromgerontology, philosophy, law, theology, sociology, psychology,medicine, nursing, and economics.
James E. Thornton is the coordinator of the Committeeon Gerontology, at the University of British Columbia. Earl R.Winkler is an associate professor in the Department ofPhilosophy at the University of British Columbia.
Acknowledgments Contributors 1. Introduction to Principal Themes and Issues / Earl R. Winklerand James E. Thornton Part One: General Perspectives 2. On Reaching a New Agenda: Self-Determination and Aging / JaneA. 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. Birrenand Candace A. Stacey 6. Cognitive Intervention in Later Life: Philosophical Issues /David F. Hultsch and Jane H. McEwan 7. The Calculus of Discrimination: Discriminatory ResourceAllocation for an Aging Population / Eike-Henner W. Kluge 8. Population Aging and the Economy: Some Issues in ResourceAllocation / Frank T. Denton and Byron G. Spencer Part Two: Specific Issues 9. The Right to Participate: Ending Discrimination Against theElderly / Donald J. MacDougall 10. Society and Essentials for Well-Being: Social Policy and theProvision of Care / Neena L. Chappell 11. Foregoing Treatment: Killing versus Letting Die, and the Issueof Non-Feeding / Earl R. Winkler 12. Foregoing Life-Sustaining Treatment: The Canadian Law ReformCommission and the President's Commission / AlisterBrowne 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 the Elderly Patient / Arthur Schafer 16.Narrative, Perspective, and Aging / C.G. Prado Part Three Bibliography / James E. Thornton, Anne D. Evans, MeganStuart-Stubbs, Gerry Bates General Index Index of Names