GTY 154 - Chapter 14V2

GTY 154 - Chapter 14V2 - GTY 154 Death & Dying Death and...

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GTY 154 Death & Dying
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Death and Society Continuum of attitudes toward death One end: death is the enemy Middle: death is a mystery Other end: death is a welcomed transition Influenced by societal attitudes and beliefs Attitudes are formed by: Religious beliefs Modern science and technology Personal direct and indirect experience with death
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Death and Society Occurs most often in hospital or nursing home Challenges to moral and ethical codes Physician assisted suicide Length of time in long-term care Hospitals or nursing homes Practical choices Prolong treatment? Where to die? Burial, cremation, etc.
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Death in Old Age Study in book: three death trajectories in US 20% will die from fatal illness after long period of maintenance 25% will die from illness after long slow decline 40% will die from illness after a long-term decline
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The Experience of Dying Five concerns at the end of life Avoiding a drawn-out death Getting pain relief Control of treatment options Staying in touch with loved ones Fear of becoming a burden
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Age differences Older people think more about death than younger people 85+ Most acceptance of impending death
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course GTY 154 taught by Professor Fenster during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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GTY 154 - Chapter 14V2 - GTY 154 Death & Dying Death and...

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