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

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

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

Affiliation:

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