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The Ethical Challenge of Providing Healthcare for the Elderly

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 July 2009

David C. Thomasma
The Fr. Michael I. English, S. J. Professor of Medical Ethics, and Director of the Medical Humanities Program at Loyola University Chicago Medical Center and the Director of the International Bioethics Institute, Chicago


Populations around the world are aging at a very fast rate, so much so that care for the elderly will soon rupture even the most carefully planned, enlightened care provisions societies can offer. The demographics in advanced countries demonstrate this dilemma, even without projections based on antiaging medications that may be possible in the near future, and a healthier lifestyle that has preoccupied the yuppies for about 10 years.

Special Section: Elder Ethics
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995

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