Ethics, Aging, and Society: The Critical Turn

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This book presents second generation issues in ethics, aging, and society by presenting critical outcomes that arise when ethics is applied to the practical concerns that occur in day-to-day elder care. The first volume in over 10 years to address ethics and gerontology, it is unparalleled in its comprehensiveness and integration of well-developed philosophical arguments with empirical research, humanistic scholarship, and insights gained from practical experience.

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Overview

This book presents second generation issues in ethics, aging, and society by presenting critical outcomes that arise when ethics is applied to the practical concerns that occur in day-to-day elder care. The first volume in over 10 years to address ethics and gerontology, it is unparalleled in its comprehensiveness and integration of well-developed philosophical arguments with empirical research, humanistic scholarship, and insights gained from practical experience.

This book challenges the tried and true approaches to ethical issues in aging and opens avenues for creative problem-solving. The authors' diverse backgrounds bring the advantages of both interdisciplinary scholarship and practical experience to this comprehensive textbook. It is an essential resource for those interested in, and working with, older people, from upper-level undergraduate students and graduate-division students, to gerontology practitioners in training.

Key Features:



• Presents the first major work in over 10 years to integrate the disciplines of ethics and aging
• Includes case studies derived from day-to-day practice
• Addresses individual/clinical ethics in health and long-term care and ethical issues raised by public policy, cultural norms and social attitudes
• Examines such critical issues as Alzheimer's disease, long-term care, ageism, public policy, anti-aging medicine, elder abuse, and natural disasters
• Explores new directions in ethical and social philosophy as they pertain to gerontology and care

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Anji Wall, PhD (Saint Louis University)
Description: This is a comprehensive exploration of the intersection of ethics and gerontology that brings together ethical theory, empirical research, and personal experience.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to bring together "critical reflections on ethics, aging, and society." Through its discussion of feminist theory, the context of aging and clinical ethics, this book truly provides deep insights into ethics and gerontology.
Audience: The authors identify a wide audience for this book, including philosophers, ethicists, social workers, physicians, and nurses. The first two sections, which discuss feminist theory and its application to the context of gerontological ethics, are of most interest to philosophers and ethicists interested in theoretical ethics. The third section, which presents cases that illustrate ethical issues in aging, appeals more to physicians and other members of the medical team interested in practical clinical ethics.
Features: The first section develops the argument that a feminist ethic based on relationships and informed by narrative is a more appropriate lens through which to approach ethical issues in aging as compared to a focus on the primacy of individual autonomy. The second section focuses on the context of gerontology and the ethical issues that result from this context. In particular, it discusses the negative view that many elderly have of their bodies, perceptions of the time between retirement and serious health problems, anti-aging medicine, public policy and aging, and the role of the home and the nursing home in the lives of the elderly. The final section discusses practical ethical issues in gerontology including elder abuse, end-of-life decisions, and the impact of disasters on the elderly.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the libraries of those interested in feminist theory, clinical ethics, and gerontology.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Anji Wall, PhD(Saint Louis University)
Description: This is a comprehensive exploration of the intersection of ethics and gerontology that brings together ethical theory, empirical research, and personal experience.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to bring together "critical reflections on ethics, aging, and society." Through its discussion of feminist theory, the context of aging and clinical ethics, this book truly provides deep insights into ethics and gerontology.
Audience: The authors identify a wide audience for this book, including philosophers, ethicists, social workers, physicians, and nurses. The first two sections, which discuss feminist theory and its application to the context of gerontological ethics, are of most interest to philosophers and ethicists interested in theoretical ethics. The third section, which presents cases that illustrate ethical issues in aging, appeals more to physicians and other members of the medical team interested in practical clinical ethics.
Features: The first section develops the argument that a feminist ethic based on relationships and informed by narrative is a more appropriate lens through which to approach ethical issues in aging as compared to a focus on the primacy of individual autonomy. The second section focuses on the context of gerontology and the ethical issues that result from this context. In particular, it discusses the negative view that many elderly have of their bodies, perceptions of the time between retirement and serious health problems, anti-aging medicine, public policy and aging, and the role of the home and the nursing home in the lives of the elderly. The final section discusses practical ethical issues in gerontology including elder abuse, end-of-life decisions, and the impact of disasters on the elderly.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the libraries of those interested in feminist theory, clinical ethics, and gerontology.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Anji Wall, PhD(Saint Louis University)
Description: This is a comprehensive exploration of the intersection of ethics and gerontology that brings together ethical theory, empirical research, and personal experience.
Purpose: According to the authors, the purpose is to bring together "critical reflections on ethics, aging, and society." Through its discussion of feminist theory, the context of aging and clinical ethics, this book truly provides deep insights into ethics and gerontology.
Audience: The authors identify a wide audience for this book, including philosophers, ethicists, social workers, physicians, and nurses. The first two sections, which discuss feminist theory and its application to the context of gerontological ethics, are of most interest to philosophers and ethicists interested in theoretical ethics. The third section, which presents cases that illustrate ethical issues in aging, appeals more to physicians and other members of the medical team interested in practical clinical ethics.
Features: The first section develops the argument that a feminist ethic based on relationships and informed by narrative is a more appropriate lens through which to approach ethical issues in aging as compared to a focus on the primacy of individual autonomy. The second section focuses on the context of gerontology and the ethical issues that result from this context. In particular, it discusses the negative view that many elderly have of their bodies, perceptions of the time between retirement and serious health problems, anti-aging medicine, public policy and aging, and the role of the home and the nursing home in the lives of the elderly. The final section discusses practical ethical issues in gerontology including elder abuse, end-of-life decisions, and the impact of disasters on the elderly.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the libraries of those interested in feminist theory, clinical ethics, and gerontology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826116345
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,221,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha B. Holstein, PhD, is an Associate for Research at the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics in Chicago, where her focus is applied ethics in health care and other settings. She holds a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch and was formerly on the staff of the Hastings Center, Associate Director of the American Society of Aging, and a planner for the San Francisco Commission on Aging. For much of her work life, she has been interested in the bridge between theory and practice; for the past fifteen years this effort has focused on ethics, especially in the area of aging. She has been involved in aging-related issues since 1973 and believes that "doing" ethics is an evolving skill that starts from one's values and stance in the world but does not end there. She also believes that ethical analysis is an engaged enterprise; to try to affect background conditions that help create many problems is the task of the ethicist as citizen. Dr. Holstein writes, teaches, lectures, and conducts training on the subject of ethics and aging.

Mark H. Waymack, Ph.D, is Associate Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Programs in Health Care Ethics in the Philosophy Department of Loyola University Chicago. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Loyola University's Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Policy, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in the Program for Medical Humanities and Bioethics. He is the co-author, with George Taler, MD, of Medical Ethics and the Elderly (1988), and the author of numerous articles in bioethics, ethics and aging, and the history of ethics. He has been an active member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities as well as the American Society for Aging.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Section I Approaches to Ethical Thinking

1 Ethics and Aging: Challenges to the Received View 3

2 The "Critical Turn": Alternative Approaches to Thinking About Ethics 21

Section II Ethics and Context

3 Aging and the Aged Body 45

4 The "Third Age": Cultural Ideals, Ethics, and the Myth of Agelessness 65

5 Anti-aging Medicine 87

6 Aging and Public Policy: A Normative Foundation 103

7 Care and Justice: Older People at Home 125

8 The Nursing Home: Beyond Medicalization 147

Section III Issues in Care

9 Working With Clients and Patients 173

10 What Do We Do Now? Abuse, Neglect, and Self-Neglect 193

11 Alzheimer's Disease and an Ethics of Solidarity 213

12 Beyond Rational Control: Caring at the End of Life 233

13 Aging and Disasters: Facing Natural and Other Disasters 255

14 Bringing It All Together 281

Index 291

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