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Current theme: Transitions
To view the last case/post, click here: Featured Case & Commentary
At the outset, the focus on the journal club will be on transitions, including transitions from home to stepped up levels of care, from hospitals back to the community, as well as across institutions. The goal will be to surface the complex factors that arise for the elder community during these transitions and to consider approaches, strategies and frameworks that offer a means for addressing the unique, diverse needs of the elder community. These are emerging issues, and our experience over time with varying resources will shape how we view and approach these issues. The intention is to create a learning environment rather than an authoritative approach to the ethical dilemmas that arise in these situations.
We rely on our community of multi-disciplinary professionals to bring articles and issues to our attention, and we invite you to submit articles that you come across that would be of interest to our readers. Please be sure to include the full citation and if possible, a couple of sentences to highlight why you the article is relevant for this community.
The Elder Ethics Learning Institute's core objectives:
- to foster dialogue on critical aging-related ethical issues
- to host a bi-monthly (virtual) Elder Ethics Journal Club
- to develop a robust educational resource for interdisciplinary literature on elder ethics issues
- to provide elder ethics training for ethics committees, geriatric care plan managers, mediators and other disciplines whose work relates to the elder population.
We invite our readers of diverse disciplinary backgrounds to inform us of relevant literature. Readers are invited to submit articles and resource links for inclusion on the site, drop an article in the "Drop Box for Articles" link on the left navigation bar.
Thank you for visiting and we look forward to hearing from you!
Kate Michi Ettinger
Editor, Elder Ethics Learning Institute
As an interdisciplinary field, elder ethics responds to many disciplines (social work, medicine, law, ethics). Appropriateness of options may be assessed based upon whether they fall within the clinical standard of care (where a clinical matter is involved), whether they comport with accepted norms of ethical practice, and/or whether they are mandatory/prohibited (the outer boundaries of ethics defined by the law).
Ethical dialogue supports the ability to navigate uncertainty and to negotiate value-laden decisions with openness and clarity. We request that readers make an an effort to understand the perspectives of others and that comments reflect an openness to diverging viewpoints and respect for the diversity of perspectives that attend ethical discussion in a diverse society. We recognize that ethical issues often evoke strong responses. Respect accorded to others based upon our common humanity, rather than contingent upon and/or attached to the ideas/views we hold, can be helpful when engaging in ethical discussions.
If a commenter would like to reference a commercial endeavor, we request full disclosure of any conflicts of interest with that enterprise. Commercial postings and comments promoting commercial endeavors are not appropriate for this resource and are subject to removal.
For now comments will be unmoderated. If the need arises for the comments section of the journal club or the discussion forum to be moderated, we reserve the right to do so at our discretion. If this becomes necessary, we will undertake that moderation process in a consistent, transparent manner.
ELDER ETHICS JOURNAL CLUB: CASES & COMMENTARY
- Transitions: Leaving Home: Case 1: Stepping Up Levels of Care: When is the right time and who decides?
- Transitions: Leaving Home: Case 2: Stepping Up Levels of Care: When is the right time and who decides?
- Transitions: Stepping up Levels of Care: Case 3: Stepping Up Levels of Care: When is the right time and who decides
- Transitions Case 4: Stepping Up Levels of Care: When is the right time and who decides?
- Homebound in Pain: Pain Management in the Community Setting
- Wisdom MAP
- What is that?
- Incapacitated and Alone: Tech Tools for the Most Vulnerable
- The Art of Surrogate Decision Making
- Anatomy of Chaos at the End of Life