Aging, Death, and the Quest for ImmortalityAging, Death, and the Quest for Immortality
Ben Mitchell
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Anyone who pays attention to the news today knows how much the elderly and their issues figure in modern life and politics. This timely volume gathers discussions on aging that are highly relevant to seniors and to those who care for them, both personally and professionally. Written by physicians, healthcare professionals, theologians, and ministers, this book explores the experience of aging itself, examines a range of ethical issues that confront seniors today, and give practical advice on caring for the elderly. Rather than offering dry assessments of the nature of aging, many of the authors instead write out of their own experiences. Their sensitivity and insight into the challenges of growing old will make this book of interest both to care providers and to those who are themselves in the later stages of life.
     

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Contributors

Introduction by the Editors

C. Ben Mitchell
Robert D. Orr
Susan A. Salladay

THE EXPERIENCE OF AGING

A Personal Perspective

Vernon Grounds

A Theologian's Perspective

R. Geoffrey Brown

A Geriatrician's Perspective

John Dunlop

ETHICAL ISSUES IN AGING

Does Gray Hair Cause Gray Answers: Ethical Issues in an Aging Population

Robert D. Orr

Age-Based Rationing of Life-Sustaining Health Care

John F. Kilner

Neuropsychological Aspects of Aging and Their Implications for Decision-Making among the Elderly

Robert W. Evans

Dementia: Inclusive Moral Standing

Stephen G. Post

CARING FOR THE AGING

Local Church Ministry to and through Older Adults

Gregory Waybright

The Virtues of Talk Therapy

Stephen P. Greggo

Palliative Care: Suffering and Healing at the End of Life

Jackie Cameron

THE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY

The Quest for Immortality

C. Ben Mitchell

Reflections on Disability, Life, and God

Linda L. Treloar

In Search of the Philosopher's Clone: Immortality through Replication

William P. Cheshire Jr.

Index