Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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Aging and Ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_171-1
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Introduction

The salience of ethics in relation to aging is more pronounced in advanced economies, particularly Western, for three reasons: the relative size of the aging population is increasing because of fewer births; longevity has increased and the vitality of the aged in terms of physical mobility and health has greatly improved; and financial security, largely because their working lives occurred predominantly in a period of sustained economic growth, has significantly increased. In fact, people aged over 65 – the category which previously implied old, retired, and in a process of physical and mental decay awaiting death – have now been re-categorized in the “young-old” and the “old-old” (those aged 85 and above). Four major ethical concerns emerge in relation to the contemporary phenomenon of aging: (1) an aging workforce, (2) the social contribution and cost of a large aged population, (3) the impact on...

Keywords

Benevolent Prejudice Elder Abuse Southern European Welfare Regime Community-wide Variation Public Healthcare Costs 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Queensland Business SchoolBrisbaneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Cristina Neesham
    • 1
  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia