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Women and Aging:

Ethical Implications for 2005 and Beyond

Please join the Women’s Bioethics Project and SAGE Crossroads for a lively discussion as a panel of experts from law, medicine, and humanities examine ethical considerations of women and aging. These experts will look at the assumptions, experiences, practices, and public policies that affect women’s well-being, self-respect, and dignity as we age.
Women have always played a particularly poignant role in our society.  As the nation’s population ages, new questions emerge on gender specific implications of growing older. Consider the following:
What are the gender differences in status and power as people age?

Women live longer than men does the debate about rationing health care on the basis of age adequately take this into account?

Women are most often lifelong caregivers to children and elderly parents — how does society and, specifically, public policy — help support this selfless behavior?
How are proxy end-of-life decisions made differently for women because, as they most often outlive their spouses or do not remarry after divorce, these decisions are made by children or distant relatives rather than life partners?

About Women’s Bioethics Project
The first organization of its kind, the Women’s Bioethics Project (WBP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank dedicated to ensuring that women’s voices, health, and life experiences are brought to bear on ethical issues in health care and biotechnology.
The Women's Bioethics Project will be focusing its work on three main issue areas: neuroethics, women's health, and reproductive technologies.

Web Site: www.womensbioethics.org   
Phone: (206) 200-1101

About SAGE Crossroads
SAGE Crossroads is the premier online forum for emerging issues of human aging. Launched in March 2003 by the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publishers of Science Magazine), SAGE Crossroads provides policymakers, journalists and interested consumers with the opportunity to explore the impact of science and technology on aging.


Women and Aging: Ethical Implications for 2005 and Beyond

Wednesday June 8th, 2005    
6:30-7pm Registration
7-8:30pm Panel Discussion
Wine and dessert reception following discussion

Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park

FREE. Seating is limited, RSVP required.

Please email  rsvp@womensbioethics.org by June 1, 2005.
Nancy Hooyman, PhD
Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington School of Social Work

Patricia Kuszler, JD, MD, Associate Dean, UW School of Law

Helene Starks, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical History and Ethics, UW School of Medicine

Artee Young, JD, PhD, Professor, The Evergreen State College
Kathryn Hinsch, Founder, Women’s Bioethics Project
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