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Bioethics and WomenAcross the Lifespan$
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Mary Briody Mahowald

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195176170.001.0001

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 Care of the Elderly and End‐of‐Life Care

 Care of the Elderly and End‐of‐Life Care

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Bioethics and Women

Mary Briody Mahowald

Oxford University Press

Cases illustrating variables that arise in the health care of elderly women and their caregivers, and care of the dying are presented. These include questions about ageism, competence to perform ordinary functions such as driving, possible loss of capacity for moral agency, advance directives, and decisions about forgoing or terminating life-support. For each topic, empirical and theoretical factors are discussed from an “egalitarian perspective” that imputes privileged status to the standpoint of women.

Keywords:   elderly, end of life, caregivers, ageism, moral agency, advance directives, terminating life support, egalitarian perspective, women’s standpoint, women’s health care

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