End of Life Care in Older Adults
- Pp. 123-145 (23)Susan E. Lowey
Older adulthood is considered to be the last phase of life in the human lifespan. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 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 . 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.