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
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.
James E. Thornton is the coordinator of the Committee on Gerontology, at the University of British Columbia. Earl R. Winkler is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.
Acknowledgments Contributors 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 the Elderly Patient / Arthur Schafer 16. Narrative, Perspective, and Aging / C.G. Prado Part Three Bibliography / James E. Thornton, Anne D. Evans, Megan Stuart-Stubbs, Gerry Bates General Index Index of Names