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Who is responsible for this? Assigning rights and consequences in elder care

Journal of Aging & Social Policy

Author: Kapp, M. B.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997

Abstract:

In the context of providing health and human services for older individuals, modern American culture often depends on formally asserting and battling over a clashing array of rights among respective combatants as a first resort at problem-solving. A substantial impediment exists in our cultural environment that discourages families and professionals, and the agencies that employ them, from recognizing and respecting the rights of older persons in a less adversarial and more subtle, sensitive, and flexible manner. This article discusses this barrier, illustrating it in several aging-related settings, and suggests a paradigm for addressing the situation. Then, several current challenges to the rethinking of rights and responsibilities in geriatric and gerontological practice are acknowledged.

Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Aging & Social Policy
Pages: 51-65
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Accession Number: 13.5.03
Research Notes: electronic copy added 14/08/2013
Keywords: North AmericaolderLegislation
Reads: 126
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