Ethics and Aging

The empirical dimensions of public policy and the aging experience should be addressed in relationship to the ethical and moral issues of aging politics and policy whenever feasible. For example, any effort to determine the best policy and program strategies for meeting the long-term care needs of older and younger impaired persons should be, in our view, guided as much by moral considerations based on concepts and social justice such as fairness as by more purely empirical considerations based on costs and material outcomes such as improved scores of physical cognitive functioning. The papers in this section represent our efforts to bring the moral perspective to bear on a range of policy issues and to help establish the value of this perspective to policymakers and the broader public.

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