ABSTRACT

Advances in medical technology and the rapidly increasing population of older Americans are causing people to question the ethical limits of life-extending interventions. How do we weigh issues involving equity, efficiency, autonomy, natural life span, and responsibility for the financial burdens of health care for the elderly? In this collection o

part One|28 pages

Proposals to Limit Care

part Two|58 pages

Philosphical Foundations

chapter 4|13 pages

Ethical Options in the Care of the Elderly

ByJ. Wesley Robb

chapter 5|18 pages

Natural Life-Span and Natural Law Ethics

ByAnthony Battaglia

part Three|36 pages

Clinical Perspectives

chapter 6|11 pages

Surrogate Decisions for Nursing Home Residents

ByJeanie Kayser-Jones

chapter 7|13 pages

The Appropriateness of Life-Sustaining Care for Older People

ByDonald J. Murphy

chapter 8|8 pages

Can We Set Limits and Enhance Autonomy?

ByLawrence J. Schneiderman

part Four|52 pages

Economics and Public Policy

chapter 10|13 pages

Counting the Costs of Lifesaving Interventions for the Elderly

ByT. Menzel

chapter 11|10 pages

Cost Containment and Conflicts of Interest in the Care of the Elderly

ByCharles E. Begley

chapter 12|14 pages

Changing the Debate About Health Care for the Elderly

ByEdward L. Schneider

part Five|69 pages

Gender, Equity, and Distributive Justice

chapter 13|13 pages

Achieving Equity and Setting Limits: The Importance of Gender

ByBethany Spielman

chapter 14|19 pages

Ageism, Sexism, and Health Care: Why We Need Old Women in Power

ByEmily Erwin Culpepper

chapter 16|13 pages

Exceptions and the Elderly

ByGerald R. Winslow

part Six|64 pages

Personal Autonomy and Social Responsibility

chapter 17|17 pages

Personal Choice and Public Rationing

ByJudith Wilson Ross

chapter 18|14 pages

Imposing Limits or Changing Attitudes: Strategies for Change

ByMarilyn Moon

chapter 19|14 pages

Old Age and Euthanasia: A Theological and Personal Perspective

ByJohn C. Bennett

chapter 20|16 pages

Ethics and Aging: Callahan and Beyond

ByJames W. Walters