An Interdisciplinary Approach to Geriatric Medicine

Book Series: Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Volume 2


Jeremy W. Grabbe

DOI: 10.2174/97816810845101160201
eISBN: 978-1-68108-451-0, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-68108-452-7
ISSN: 2468-2241 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-225X (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

According to the National Institute of Aging there are more than half a billion people over the age of 65 across the globe. This has l...[view complete introduction]
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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 [1], 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 [2]. 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.

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