Helping the Aged Person with Medical Decision at Point of Crisis

By Helen Lokshin

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1965

The stress of medical crises involving the elderly frequently causes a panic that can have far reaching consequences among various generations of the patientâ??s family. Making decisions regarding such crises frequently has very high stakes, both to the patient and to his family. These crises may be complicated by the fact that many such crises, such as diabetes and cancer, can be controlled but not cured and by the psychosocial dimensions of the familial relationship. Recommendations for discharge to long-term care facilities can lead to feelings of guilt. The attitudes of social workers and the availability of stand-by and follow-up service are also important considerations.

Topic: Social Services, Elder Care, Social Issues, Family, Health and Healing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 4

Page Number(s): 393-401

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Lokshin, Helen. Helping the Aged Person with Medical Decision at Point of Crisis. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1965: 393-401.


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