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Long-Term Care

  1. Rosemarie Tong

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee008

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Tong, R. 2013. Long-Term Care. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Long-term care for the elderly exists in the region between medical services and social services. As people grow older, they need more medical care for acute and chronic conditions and/or more help with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, toileting, getting in and out of bed, shopping, meal preparation, housecleaning, money management and so forth. Global aging – that is, the likelihood that by the year 2050, the population of adults over the age of 65 will be larger than the population of children under 5 years of age for the first time in human history (Department of State and the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health 2007: 6) – is a transformative phenomenon that will necessitate much in the way of social, political, and economic adaptation.


  • ethics;
  • feminist philosophy