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Ending Midlife Bias: New Values for Old Age

Nancy S. Jecker


We live at a time when human lifespans have increased like never before. As average lifespans stretch to new lengths, how does this impact the values we hold most dear? Do these values change over the course of our ever-increasing lifespans? Ending Midlife Bias argues that at different life stages, different values emerge as central. During early life, caring and trust matter more, given human vulnerability and dependency. By early adulthood, growing independence provides a reason to value autonomy more. Later in life, heightened risk for chronic disease and disability warrants focusing on mai ... More

Keywords: ageism, elderly, population aging, age group, intergenerational justice, dignity, capability theory, disability, caregiving, narrative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190949075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190949075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy S. Jecker, author
Professor of Bioethics & Humanities, School of Medicine, School of Law, and Department of Philosophy, University of Washington