By Maartje Schermer, Wim Pinxten
This quantity specializes in the moral and philosophical concerns that come up in an getting older society, and the consequences of those concerns for healthcare and social coverage. After a short evaluation of biomedicine's altering strategy of growing old and sturdiness and of the hot expectancies that those alterations generate, a number of moral, social, and coverage matters that encompass getting older and toughness are mentioned. First, the pictures and social meanings of getting older and previous age in our society are explored, together with their normative dimensions and implications for coverage. subsequent, moral matters within the deal with frail aged are mentioned, in addition to proposal of excellent care and end-of-life judgements. eventually, the moral and social implications of rising chances for anti-aging and lifespan extension are thought of. The booklet concludes with an summary of the relevance of the problems mentioned for coverage making on specialist, nationwide and overseas levels.
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2 Social Movements In all societies some use is made of social categories based on age. The use of age to classify people and attribute meaning and value in Western culture has a long and changing history (Minois 1989; Cole 1992; Katz 1996; Johnson and Thane 1998; Thane 2000; Macnicol 2006). Such change is manifest over the last sixty years, not least in social movements around the politics of identity. Broadly conceived, these social movements have sought to challenge received identities based on what anthropologists have in the past called ‘natural categories’; notably sex, race, and age.
Even with an excellent maintenance of the body, a minimization of environmental challenges, and a maximisation of adequate bodily response to environmental challenges, aging will still be present in man. Like with a car, maintenance may help to keep it going much longer in a relatively good condition, but inevitably, it is bound to get exhausted at a certain point in time. In the end, we are not built to last. If elimination is not the focus of research in the field of aging, what is? In their research, the interviewed scientists focus on (1) the biology of aging, (2) age-related diseases, (3) healthy aging, and (4) adequate care.
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