o Euthanasia assisting in the death of a person suffering from an incurable

O euthanasia assisting in the death of a person

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o Euthanasia: assisting in the death of a person suffering from an incurable disease o Physician - assisted suicide: After a patient request help in dying, the physician typically writes a prescription for lethal drugs. The patient then is able to decide if, when and where to take the drugs. o Sparked the right to die debate Today death with dignity statutes exist in 8b states as well as DC Problems of Aging: Isolation o Retirement poses problem as one leaves paid work o Closes off an important source of contact with others o Loved ones and friends may begin to die, making their social world smaller Problems of Aging: Caregiving o Informal and unpaid care provided to a dependent person o Roughly 23% of American adults (45-64) care for an aging adult Female in 50’s usually take on this job o Elder must cope with the knowledge that they are no longer independent. Problems of Aging: Elder Abuse o Can be physical, sexual, neglect and financial 1 in 10 older adults have experienced abuse 60% of cases the perpetrator is a family member o At least 1 million elders in the U.S are victims of serious abuse every year o Often goes undetected because victims are fearful of retaliations or ashamed to tell others.
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