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The Right To Die At The Age of One's Choice - The Desire For A Good Death

Aleksandra Ločičnik
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Theoretical framework: In today's world, a lot of attention is paid to the way people die. We have tabooed death instead of reconciliation and accompanying death. Most of our older adults and seriously ill people die in the hospital or in a long-term care home. Quality of life in the last months of life is essential for a peaceful death and the so-called “good” death. Most seniors want to avoide useless and painful end-of-life treatment. Methodology: Literature review was performed. 4 databases were searched: PubMed, Web of Science, Science Direkt and Sage Journals. We included 10 studies. Results: From the included studies we defined: the right to independent decision-making, connection with others and quality of life at the end of life. Conclusion: Future research in the field of social Gerontology and end-of-life human rights should reflect the current state of monitoring of dying older adults. Above all, the free choise of the place where dying person wants to end his life must be taken into account – whether he wants to be at home (this includes staying in a long-term care home) or whether he wants to be transferred to hospital and who he wants to have with him.

 

 


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