Humanity is aging. It is predicted that by 2050, a quarter of the world’s population will be 60 and older. A Pan American Health Organization study shows that most people over 60 years of age in Latin American and the Caribbean lack access to basic health care. In Florida, some 22 percent of the population is already at least 60. In that group, about 13 percent live below the poverty level. While ethical issues have always been of the greatest importance for the elder population, these issues attain much greater significance as that population increases.
The Geriatrics and Ethics Project web resource provides an overview of leading ethical issues in aging. It is intended as an introduction to ethics and aging for students, health care professionals, scholars and policy makers, and has the following objectives:
Each of the eight core modules contains introductory and background material, questions for discussion and a bibliography. A glossary is provided.