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Dying in the Twenty-First CenturyToward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well$
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Lydia M.D. Dugdale

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029124

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029124.001.0001

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The Elderly and Dementia

The Elderly and Dementia

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Dying in the Twenty-First Century

Daniel Callahan

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Daniel Callahan addresses special concerns at the opposite end of the spectrum. He invites the reader into a discussion of grief and of Alzheimer’s dementia, of the moral problems facing individual caretakers, and of the broader question of intergenerational responsibility of children to care for their parents. Callahan makes use of personal narrative to provide practical guidelines for the use of life-sustaining treatment for advanced dementia. His conclusions, like so many in this volume, are limited and cautiously optimistic, and he underscores themes articulated in chapter 7 by Ridenour and Cahill pertaining to the role of community in continuing to meet the needs of the dying.

Keywords:   Dementia, Alzheimers, Elderly, Caretaker, Intergenerational responsibility

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