Ethics and the Care of the Elderly

  • Michael Lowe


  • 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.


Advance Care Planning Elder Abuse Widely Stigmatized Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia (BPSD) Surrogate Decision Maker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Lowe
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  1. 1.NT Department of HealthDarwinAustralia

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