Aging and environmental: Ethical issues at the interface of aging demographics and environmental challenges
Specific age-related conditions like dementia raise biomedical ethical issues but also challenge us to think about moral values in broader contexts. So-called Alzheimer’s disease is on the forefront of many genetic and neuroethical deliberations, which, however, often remain too narrow, relatively neglecting questions about overdiagnosis, overmedication and public health. How can more environmentally and public health oriented bioethics help us move from an unrealistic focus on molecular cures to community prevention? How can the wisdom of elders be harnessed with the fresh energy of youth to create sustainable communities? What are our responsibilities for future generations of humans, as well as other species? How do all these issues demand a more integrative ethical framework that can serve, as Van Rensselaer Potter once asserted, as a bridge to the future?
Learning Areas:Basic medical science applied in public health
Chronic disease management and prevention
Environmental health sciences
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related research
List major ethical issues in dementia research and care, ranging from genetics to end of life care Differentiate the nature and priorities of biomedical ethics, public health ethics, and environmental ethics in relationship to dementia Compare differences and similarities in these ethical domains using health care issues across the life course
Keyword(s): Ethics, Aging
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MD-PhD from Hopkins. Faculty at Case Western Reserve and University of Toronto working in these areas Expert in dementia (neurology and cognitive science). Trained in bioethics (MA Case) Published in all relevant areas including genetics, ethics, end of life care, environmental issues like climate change. Grant recipient on multiple NIA grants including ELSIE and PI on several Member Aging, and Ethics Sections APHA
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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