Discrimination Based on Age: The Special Case of the Institutionalized Aged

  • William M. Altman
  • Patricia A. Parmelee

Abstract

The title of this chapter is something of a misnomer, because we are concerned not with discrimination per se but with the junctures (or, all too often, the disjunctures) among medical, legal, and psychological perspectives on aging and the elderly. In focusing on nursing home residents, we shall deal with negative attitudes toward and stereotypes of the elderly that may color their treatment in such settings. But the problem goes beyond ageism to encompass prevailing social attitudes about life, death, and the course that each should ideally take.

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Decisional Capacity Health Care Decision American Geriatrics Society Make Health Care Decision Forced Relocation 
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