Elders Advisor Archives Volume 11
Volume 11 Number 1
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the signature injury of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF). This article examines the reasons for increased TBI injuries, calculates the costs associated with those injuries, and evaluates TBI at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This article discusses the current diagnosis challenges, and addresses the subsequent impact of TBI on special populations including military veterans, racial minorities, women, and the elderly.
- This article looks at end-of-life issues, focusing on physician-assisted suicide, whether the United States government's numerous responsibilities created by the Older Americans Act and other similar acts, such as the government's financial limitations, and a growing elderly population will lead to a deterioration of society's view of elders and a legitimization and acceptance of assisted suicide.
- The article examines the "medicalization" of the aging process and the pitfalls of the increased medical care and myths about what constitutes "healthy" later in life. Financial reward and fear of death drive the increasing amount and extensiveness of care for chronic disease encountered in older adults, sometimes to an unnecessary end. The author puts forth the theory that older adults are now part of a weakened generation, rooted in a refusal to "suffer their reality" and ignore the fact that aging is not a disease, that is, not until it is placed under a doctor's care.
- Old age and disability would seem to have adverse features in common. Membership in either group suggests depleted capability, decreased social contribution, significant fragility, and heightened susceptibility to maltreatment by other people. Yet some have argued that no wrong occurs when advanced age is made disadvantageous, for the elderly have had a fair chance at the goods of life. By contract, this argument goes, there is never a fair chance for people with disabilities. This article challenges the view that takes discrimination based on disability and discrimination based on age as so discrepant that they do not deserve similar efforts for justice and argues instead for an inclusive justice that affords meaningful access to all. This argument in favor of inclusive justice relies on an examination of various accounts of the obligation of the state to liberate people from the disadvantageous effects of biases against groups to which they belong through illustrations drawn from housing policy, fees for access to public services and events, and health care.
- McGuan's article examines the way legislatures have amended their involuntary commitment statutes to allow for the more aggressive commitment of the mentally ill. The article discusses whether the definition of dangerous conduct in an Illinois amendment deprives a mentally ill person of a fundamental liberty interest guaranteed by the Constitution. The article begins with an overview of mental health law in the United States since World War II, followed by an analysis of the constitutionality of the Illinois amendment.