Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Volume: 2

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Geriatric Medicine

According to the National Institute of Aging there are more than half a billion people over the age of 65 across the globe. This has led to a need for medical and psychiatric care on a scale ...
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End of Life Care in Older Adults

Pp. 123-145 (23)

Susan E. Lowey


Older adulthood is considered to be the last phase of life in the human lifespan. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [1], the average age of death in the United States is 78 years. It is a well-known part of the human experience that death most commonly occurs during older adulthood and is more widely accepted by society than when death occurs in a child or young adult. Old age is characterized by the developmental stage of life known as integrity versus despair [2]. In this last developmental stage of life, an individual is left challenged to accept and find meaning in the life that he/she has lived.


Death, Death and society, Dying, End of life, Family issues, Grieving, Hospice, Palliative care, Stages of development.


State University of New York College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Dr, Brockport, NY 14420, USA.