THE OLD AGE AND DEATH – THE DEEPEST CRITICAL THOUGHT
Keywords:old age, death dance, spirituality, ars moriendi, medicalization, interconsultant, claudication, ignore pain, desocialization
The elderly were shielded by the depersonalization of medicine brought on by individualism and competitiveness. As they get closer to the end of their lives, older patients frequently need to make peace with themselves and acknowledge their accomplishments and shortcomings. Medical professionals should therefore be considerate while speaking with patients and providing them with information. The terror of the elderly is not death itself, but rather their current state of abandonment. Death denial and terror are nonsensical because life is only given with the condition that it will end one day. In this context, the objectives of medical care are to accompany and lessen pain, not necessarily to provide therapies that attempt to extend biological life. Today's world has undergone significant changes as a result of the denial of death, which directly affect how those who are terminally ill are cared for. There has also been a significant change in how terminally ill persons pass away. This essay offers a succinct history of death as well as a look at some of the religious teachings on pain and death. It also talks on how the medicalization of death stops the dying person from communicating with their surroundings, paying off debts, forgiving and receiving forgiveness, and being fully himself in the short time they have left. This essay concludes that the correct function for a doctor to play is to ‘listen’ to what the patient needs. By doing this, the doctor's profession will become a more magnificent, decent, humane, and ennobling activity.
Arenillas, M. G., Vargas, E., & Moreno, A. (1995). Clinical trials in the elderly. Ethical problems in relation to the elderly patient. (pp. 195-204). Madrid: EDIMSA.
Beauchamp, L., & Chilfress, F. (1999). Principles of Bioethics. (Fourth ed.). Spain: Masson.
Callahan, D. (2000). The Relevance of the Age for Health Care. Callahan. Cox, C., & Sachs.
G. (1994). Advance directives and the US PSDA. Geriatric Medicine Clinics. Clinical Ethics, 3, 413-426.
Cuyas, M. (1998). De Beauvoir, S. (1989). Old age Barcelona: Edhasa.
Faden, R., & German, P. (1994). Quality of life: considerations in geriatrics. Geriatric Medicine Clinics. Clinical Ethics, 3, 521-532.
Fins, J., & Blacksher, E. (1998). The Ethics of Managed Care: Report on a Congress of Clinical Societies. Ethics in Managed Care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 46 (3), 309-313.
Gracia, D. (1989). Fundamentals of Bioethics. Madrid: Eudema.
Gracia, D. (1998). Fundamentals and teaching of bioethics. In: Studies of Bioethics Ethics and Life. Colombia: The Owl.
Gracia, D. (1991). Procedimientos de decisión en ética clínica. Madrid: Eudema.
Gracia, G. (1995). Ethical problems in relation to the elderly patient. (pp. 11-17). Madrid: Doctors.
Hamel, M. B., Teno, J.M., Goldman, L., & et al. (1999). Patient Age and Decisions to Withhold Life-Sustaining Treatments from Seriously, Hospitalized Adults. Ann. Intern. Med, 130, 116-125.
Herrera, A. (2004). Bioethics and Aging. A Paradigm of Discrimination In: Bioethics. Fundamentals and practical dimension. (371-353). Chile: Mediterranean.
High, M. (1994). Surrogate decision-making: Who will decide for me when I can't? Geriatric Medicine Clinics. Clinical Ethics, 3, 427-444.
Lázaro, M., Morelo, L., González-Esteban, J., & Ribera, J.M. (1994). Geriatrics seen from primary care. Rev. Esp. of Geriatrics. Geront., 29 (suppl 1), 24.
Mahowald, M. (1994). Different ways of thinking: general aspects and ethical problems. Geriatric Medicine Clinics. Clinical Ethics, 3, 385-400.
Marshall, B. (1998). Ethical and Legal Issues. Practice of Geriatrics. Duthie, Katz, Third Ed.
Martínez, A. (1995). Elderly, health cost and social support – Role of the State. Ethical problems in relation to the elderly patient. (pp. 211-218). Madrid: EDIMSA.
Pellegrino, E. (1993). The metamorphosis of medical ethics. JAMA, 269, 1159, available via: http:// dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.269.9.1158
Pinillos, J. L. (1994). A multidisciplinary approach to the environment of old age. Gerontology and Society Collection. (pp. 9-20). Spain: Caja de Madrid Foundation.
Ribera, J. (1995). Elderly patient and health care: a paradigm of discrimination? In: Ethical problems in relation to the elderly patient. (pp. 19-32). Madrid: EDIMSA.
Ribera, J. (1995). The information problem. In: Ethical problems in relation to the elderly patient. (pp. 111-120). Madrid: EDIMSA.
Roa, A. (1998). Bioethics in medicine of the year
2000. In: Roa, A. (Ed.). Medicine towards the year 2000. Santiago: Universitaria, 154-157.
Rodwin, M. (1998). Conflicts of Interest and Accountability in Managed Care: The. Aging of Medical Ethics. En Ethics in Managed Care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 46 (3), 338-341.
Suárez, J. (1998). Provided Geriatric Intensive Medicine. Bioethics and Intensive Medicine. Ethical dilemmas in the critically ill patient. Madrid: Ed. Med.
Warren, J., Sobal, J., & et al. (1986). An Issue in Research with Elderly Patients. Informed Consent by Proxy. The New England Journal of Medicine, 315, 1123-1128.
How to Cite
Copyright (c) 2023 VIDYA - A JOURNAL OF GUJARAT UNIVERSITY
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.