Ethics and the Care of the Elderly
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While people across all cultures agree about the value of respecting elderly people, levels of elder abuse in most communities are high.
Elderly people require access to appropriate care in all settings and hospitals need to be more ‘friendly’ to elderly people.
In many cultures, dementia is seen as a form of mental illness rather than a neurological condition, and this means that it is widely stigmatized and often hidden.
It is possible for elderly people to express their future wishes in advanced care plans so that their wishes will be respected, even if they develop dementia.
There is a need for increased advocacy for the needs of elderly people.
KeywordsAdvance Care Planning Elder Abuse Widely Stigmatized Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia (BPSD) Surrogate Decision Maker
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