International Perspectives on Aging

International Perspectives on Aging

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Although the legal problems of the elderly are as old as humankind, they have taken on current prominence for another reason: lifespan has increased markedly in recent years. Persons who would, given their age, have been the elders of the past and would have been expected to be focused on their imminent death are now, as a group, robust and well. They have better survived the ravages of time than have the plans fashioned when life expectancy was much lower. Questions concerning social status, expectations of living standards, general assistance and medical care all have become far more important and considerably more difficult. As life has become longer, and death more controllable, the issue of a person's right to choose death over diminished quality of life has also become far more complicated.
This interesting book provides the reader with a selection of perspectives from scholars in different parts of the world on various branches of `elderlaw'. Questions of social obligations to elders and elders'rights and duties are addressed as they arise in the United States, Japan, Greece, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Canada, and England.
The compilation does not attempt to map out the field nor to make country-by-country comparisons of the issues discussed. Rather, it shows some commonality of concerns and in the identification of problems and proposals for their solution.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 162.56 x 243.84 x 22.86mm | 657.71g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • 308 p.
  • 0792316916
  • 9780792316916

Table of contents

Ageing - the human rights approach, L. Lee; a future law for the aged, T. Yukata; the obligations of the elderly, D. Thomson; the obligations of the elderly - a comment, E. Midwinter; supporting the aged - the problem of family responsibility, R.J. Levy; living alone in old age - the needs and rights of the elderly, V. Grant; demographic ageing and living conditions of the elderly in Greece, I. Emke; legal issues in surgical care of the elderly persons, M. Somerville; euthanasia in the Netherlands - current court decisions and legislation, J.L.M. Elder and J. woretshofer; death by directive, G.J. Alexander.
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