Aging, Death, Dying and End of Life Care

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The purpose of this essay is to analyse various theories on ageing, death, dying, and end of life issues from different perspectives such as: biophysiological theories, psychosocial theories; and taking in consideration the cultural, historical, and religious implications around the aforementioned life stages. One will also discuss important issues relevant to social work practice such as dignity, autonomy, and their relationship with the concept of a successful ageing and a good death. One considers these areas important since they upheld anti-discriminatory practice and may perhaps promote the development of personalised care pathways, as well as fair and justifiable social policies. Furthermore, one will attempt to demonstrate the importance of understanding the life course development in context of health and social care by using a case scenario provided. Theories concerned with ageing are constructed in an attempt to objectively satisfy the inquiries that arise after studying ageing and to provide evidence based clarifications. In the context of this essay, they allow troubleshooting regarding issues around the type of support would be expected to be needed by Betty and her son. Bengtson et al, (1999) accepts the potential pragmatism of the theories nevertheless he argues that they can be generalised and unimaginative. The controversy regarding theorising ageing becomes especially relevant when they are applied in isolation failing to address that “the science and positivism are severely limiting… for understanding aspects of ageing.” Bengtson et al (1999) In an attempt to define ageing one must take in consideration the biophysiological together with the psychosocial aspects; these two aspects are intertwined. Ageing is ... ... middle of paper ... ...pment of a Holistic Model of Spirituality. . SÍTAR, M.E., YANAR, K., AYDIN, S. and ÇAKATAY, U., CURRENT ASPECTS OF AGEING THEORIES AND CLASSIFICATION ACCORDING TO MECHANISMS. . SMALL, N., Living Well until You Die. . THOMAS, K. and LOBO, B., 2011. Advance care planning in end of life care. Oxford: Oxford University Press. THULESIUS, H.O., SCOTT, H., HELGESSON, G. and LYNÖE, N., De-tabooing dying control -- a grounded theory study. . WATTS, J.H., 2010. Death, dying and bereavement:issues for practice. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press. WEISMAN, D., 172. On dying and denying: A psychiatric study of terminality (Gerontology series). 1 edn. Behavioral Publications;. WHITMAN, L., Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ageing: biographical approaches for inclusive care. . WIESEL, I., Can Ageing Improve Neighbourhoods? Revisiting Neighbourhood Life-Cycle Theory. .

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