Aging, Death, and the Quest For Immortality
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Aging is a fact of life, and issues surrounding it are hot. There are currently 35 million Americans over the age of sixty-five - more than ever. This demographic shift is noteworthy not only because the ranks of the elderly will continue to swell in coming years but also because it is taking place in what the editors of this book call an "ageist society," one that increasingly loathes every facet of aging. Indeed, the ethical issues associated with aging are among the thorniest in medicine and public policy today. Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality is a timely volume by physicians, health-care professionals, pastors, and ethicists who explore the experiences, dilemmas, and possibilities associated with aging. The book opens by offering three distinct perspectives on aging; this section includes practical suggestions for dealing with retirement, disability, healing, and death. Several contributors then analyze controversial ethical issues raised by aging and health care, incl
Anyone who pays attention to the news today knows how much the elderly and the issues that affect them figure into modern life and politics. This timely volume gathers discussions on aging that are highly relevant both to seniors and to those who care for them, both personally and professionally.^Written by physicians, healthcare professionals, theologians, and ministers, this book explores the experience of aging itself, examines a range of ethical issues that confront seniors today, and offers practical advice on caring for the elderly. Rather than offering dry assessments of the nature of aging, many of the authors instead write out of their own experiences. Their sensitivity and insight into the challenges of growing old will make this book of interest both to care providers and to those who are themselves in the later stages of life.^Contributors: Geoffrey Brown, Jackie Cameron, William Cheshire, John Dunlop, Robert Evans, Stephen Greggo, Vernon Grounds, John F. Kilner, C. Ben Mitchell, Stephen Post, Robert D. Orr, Susan A. Salladay, Linda Treloar, Gregory Waybright.
David S. Dockery is president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He has also served as chairman of the board of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Dockery has authored or edited thirty books including "Renewing Minds", "Shaping a Christian Worldview", and "Christian Leadership Essentials". In addition, he serves as a consulting editor for "Christianity Today" magazine.ý
Robert D. Orr (M.D., C.M., McGill University) is director of ethics at Fletcher Allen Health Care and professor of family medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont. He is the author of Aging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality; The Changing Face of Health Care: A Christian Appraisal of Managed Care, Resource Allocation, and Patient-Caregiver Relationships and Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor: A Handbook for Clergy and Health Care Professionals
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