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The Role of Older People in Our Communities


Toiviainen, LH, The Role of Older People in Our Communities, Nursing Ethics, 10, (1) pp. 4-17. ISSN 0969-7330 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1191/0969733003ne570oa


The proportion of older people in the total population is increasing in most countries because of advances in medical technology and resulting longer life expectancy. The role that older people play in our communities does not reflect this. Sometimes they are reduced to mere statistics and stereotypes in economic and political discussions on the financial burdens of care for older people. I argue that we need to rebuild inclusive communities in which older people are respected as valuable members. I suggest that this can be done by studying the characteristics of past communities and by learning from the work of environmental ethicists who advocate the preservation of our heritage. Nurses share with them a holistic perspective on complex issues such as ageing. They are therefore in a position to empower older people to play a role in our communities as unique individuals with integrity and wisdom.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Applied ethics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ageing and older people
UTAS Author:Toiviainen, LH (Dr Leila Toiviainen)
ID Code:28148
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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