Care of the Elderly and End‐of‐Life Care

Mary Briody Mahowald

in Bioethics and Women

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195176179
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786558 | DOI:
  Care of the Elderly and End‐of‐Life Care

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Cases illustrating variables that arise in the health care of elderly women and their caregivers, and care of the dying are presented. These include questions about ageism, competence to perform ordinary functions such as driving, possible loss of capacity for moral agency, advance directives, and decisions about forgoing or terminating life-support. For each topic, empirical and theoretical factors are discussed from an “egalitarian perspective” that imputes privileged status to the standpoint of women.

Keywords: elderly; end of life; caregivers; ageism; moral agency; advance directives; terminating life support; egalitarian perspective; women’s standpoint; women’s health care

Chapter.  8123 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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