Longevity and Quality of Life

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Editors
  • Robert N. Butler
  • Claude Jasmin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Challenges and Opportunities

    1. Claude Jasmin
      Pages 1-4
    2. Maurizio Laccarino
      Pages 5-6
    3. Nafis Sadik
      Pages 7-11
    4. Bernard Kouchner
      Pages 13-15
  3. Global Aspects of Longevity

  4. Quality & Quantity of Life

    1. Longevity and Quality of Life

      1. Charles Richard Boddington Joyce
        Pages 139-147
      2. Jonathan M. Mann
        Pages 149-153
      3. François Régnier
        Pages 155-159
    2. Ethics of Health Care for the Elderly

      1. Kathleen M. Foley
        Pages 181-186
  5. Social and Cultural Challenges of Longevity

    1. Longevity: Generational Conflict or Interaction?

    2. Aging and Cultural Diversity

      1. Kihumbu Thairu
        Pages 219-223
      2. Nana Apt
        Pages 225-233
    3. Women and Longevity

      1. Betty Friedan
        Pages 235-238
  6. Political Responsibilities in the Longevity Revolution

  7. Looking Through the Mirror of Old Age

    1. Jean Bernard
      Pages 277-281
    2. Elie Wiesel
      Pages 283-285
  8. Conclusion

    1. Harvey V. Fineberg
      Pages 287-289
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-321

About this book


Nations around the world are experiencing a spectacular increase in longevity. Society as a whole is being challenged by issues arising from this revolution in longevity. Although the specter of the loneliness and existential suffering of older citizens is such that some people under the age of 65 find it difficult to conceive of a long-term future, persons over 85 have proven that aging does not necessarily preclude a healthy and productive life. Extraordinary progress in both curative and preventive medicine justifies optimism about the quality of life and state of well-being that can be enjoyed even in great old age. We should look to professionals in diverse fields to develop creative solutions to the inevitable issues that will arise with aging. Governments must prepare for the future health of their citizens by making long-term investments to educate all sectors of society in the value of good nutrition, exercise, and lifestyles that enhance well-being throughout life. Also, governments should realize that the main cause of health care expenditure is serious illness which occurs in persons of all ages, and not predominantly in older people. Early detection can help save lives, as well.
Health and longevity of life will ultimately end as a political issue. What is needed is long-term government investments necessary for a viable health policy. The question arises: will world leaders be able to commit to such a policy? Two major socioeconomic phenomena may have a regulating effect on this issue. The first is the emergence of pressure groups that have come into being in response to a particular health issue, such as AIDS. The second is the emergence of ethics committees in developed nations that deal solely with health issues.


AIDS ethics evolution preventive medicine quality of life

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-6907-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-4249-0
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