Chronic Disease and the Meaning of Old Age
Hastings Center Report. 1994 Sep-Oct; 24(5): 11-13.
...[T]he meaning of life cannot be defined simply by utility, activity, and well-being. Life includes all kinds of disability and suffering and thus demands solidarity, compassion, and humaneness. When, due to financial restrictions, resources are allocated in a hard and pitiless manner, society's response to its vulnerable old and ill members becomes an even greater sign of its humaneness. The narrative approach we adopt here emphasizes those models of resource allocation that best support the continuation of the individual life story of the afflicted person.
Age Factors; Aged; Attitudes; Autonomy; Beneficence; Compassion; Cultural Pluralism; Disability; Disease; Ethics; Family Members; Females; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Home Care; Life; Narrative Ethics; Nursing Homes; Patient Care; Psychology; Resource Allocation; Self Concept; Social Interaction; Suffering; Values;
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