Health Issues for an Aging Society As the number of older Americans increases, their financial and medical needs become issues. More people will be drawing from Social Security while less people contribute to the system. Health care costs to the individual will rise as Medicare coverage becomes less adequate. Housing and living arrangements will be a problem for low-income elderly. A shortage of donor organs will present difficult ethical questions.
Coping with Loss Bereavement is the loss or deprivation experienced by a survivor when a loved one dies. Grief is a state of mental distress that occurs in reaction to significant loss. In disenfranchised grief, a person experiences a loss that cannot be openly acknowledged, publicly mourned, or socially supported. Mourning refers to culturally prescribed and accepted time periods and behavior patterns for the expression of grief.
Rational Suicide The concept of rational suicide is a reasoned, coherent process in which a person chooses death as a preferable alternative to unbearable pain. Euthanasia involves ending the life of a person who is suffering greatly and has no chance of recovery. Passive euthanasia is the intentional withholding of treatment that would prolong life. Dr. Jack Kevorkian started a one-person campaign to force the medical profession to review its position regarding physician-assisted suicide.