La condizione della persona anziana come problema bioetico.

Author/s Maria Zanichelli
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/72
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 61-72 File size 80 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2021-072005
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The ‘double ageing’ process (combination of decreased fertility and increased life expectancy) is challenging post-industrial societies and welfare systems. However, from a bioethical point of view, ageing is much more than a mere biological or allocative problem. Frailty in elderly people involves loneliness, social isolation, loss of autonomy, no less than physical and psychological decline. Moreover, there is a direct link between elderly frailty and human vulnerability: the more a society is willing to accept pain, dependency, illness, and death, the better it will approach the problems of ageing. This reflection, in particular, concerns two bioethical issues arising from Covid-19: elderly institutionalization and age-based health care rationing.

Keywords: Ageing, frailty, elderly institutionalization, care

Maria Zanichelli, La condizione della persona anziana come problema bioetico. in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 72/2021, pp 61-72, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2021-072005