The population of our planet is aging. The anticipated growth of those greater than 65 years of age over the next five decades will be unprecedented, pervasive, enduring, and present society with profound implications. Our attitudes towards the aged engage us all in a far-reaching discourse regarding questions of ethics and social justice and health care. Particular questions concerning moral and ethical aspects of health care as well as general questions that belong to bioethics need to be asked. Many physicians, philosophers, ethicists, nurses, ancillary health personnel, and social and biomedical scientists have already seriously considered this theme. Nonetheless, there is remarkably little written about the topic. The time is ripe for all concerned professionals to address this topic. Based on the success of last year's international conference, Ethics for an Ageing World, held in Greifswald, Germany, The Ohio State University Department of Anesthesiology and The Innovation Group for The Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values are hosting a two-day conference on October 8 - 9, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio, USA at the Ohio Union.
Thomas J. Papadimos, MD, MPH, The Ohio State University Medical Center
Michael Schwartz, MD, Texas AMHSC School of Medicine
Dragan Pavlovic, MD, The University of Greifswald, Germany
Donald Hubin, PhD, The Ohio State University
George J. Agich, PhD, Bowling Green State University
Ravi S. Tripathi, MD, The Ohio State University Medical Center
Deven S. Kothari, MD, MHA, The Ohio State University Medical Center
Saturday October 8, 2011
8.00-8.15 Introduction: Thomas J. Papadimos
8.15-9.00 Resource allocation in the ICU, Soren Holm.
9.00-9.45 A good death; what is happiness and does it exist, Nansook Park.
9.45-10.30 Cultural diversity and the approach to care in critically ill elders, Ravi Tripathi.
10.30-10.45 Coffee Break
10.45-11.15 Informed consent and the aged, Catherine Marco.
11.15-12.00 Euthanasia and physician assisted death: a European perspective, John Harris.
13.00-13.30 The aged are tougher than you think, the science, Stanislaw Stawicki.
13.30-14.00 A political perspective of the aged in America, Dr. Kantor-Burhman.
14.00-14.30 What is brain death? Deven Kothari.
14.30-15.00 Coffee Break
15.00-15.45 End of life decision making for the elderly with dementia, Mark Wicclair.
15.45-16.15 DNR, the aged, and the operating room, Alan Marco.
16.15-17.00 Beyond Paternalism, Dragan Pavlovic.
17.00-17.45 Autonomy, identity, and personhood – the moral role of advance directives, Donald Hubin.
Sunday October 9, 2011
8.00-8.15 Introduction, Thomas J. Papadimos.
8.15-9.30 An overview of aging and health, Simon Blackburn.
9.30-10.15 A critical reexamination of the ethics of health care: allocation in an aging world, H.T. Engelhardt.
10.15-10.30 Coffee Break.
10.30-11.15 Values of special relevance to an aging population, Peter Railton.
11.15-12.00 How to diagnose dying, Thomas J. Papadimos.
SPEAKERS (link, to the page 2)