Abstract: The "double ageing" process (combination of decreased fertility and increased life expectancy) is challenging post-industrial societies and welfare systems. However, from a bioethical point of view, ageing is much more than a mere biological or allocative problem. Frailty in elderly people involves loneliness, social isolation, loss of autonomy, no less than physical and psychological decline. Moreover, there is a direct link between elderly frailty and human vulnerability: the more a society is willing to accept pain, dependency, illness, and death, the better it will approach the problems of ageing. This reflection, in particular, concerns two bioethical issues arising from Covid-19: elderly institutionalization and age-based health care rationing.

La condizione della persona anziana come problema bioetico / Zanichelli, Maria. - In: LA SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI. - ISSN 1590-7031. - 3:72(2021), pp. 61-72. [10.3280/LAS2021-072005]

La condizione della persona anziana come problema bioetico

MARIA ZANICHELLI
2021

Abstract

Abstract: The "double ageing" process (combination of decreased fertility and increased life expectancy) is challenging post-industrial societies and welfare systems. However, from a bioethical point of view, ageing is much more than a mere biological or allocative problem. Frailty in elderly people involves loneliness, social isolation, loss of autonomy, no less than physical and psychological decline. Moreover, there is a direct link between elderly frailty and human vulnerability: the more a society is willing to accept pain, dependency, illness, and death, the better it will approach the problems of ageing. This reflection, in particular, concerns two bioethical issues arising from Covid-19: elderly institutionalization and age-based health care rationing.
La condizione della persona anziana come problema bioetico / Zanichelli, Maria. - In: LA SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI. - ISSN 1590-7031. - 3:72(2021), pp. 61-72. [10.3280/LAS2021-072005]
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