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CFP: Feminist Approaches to Bioethics on Aging and Long Term Care (Sept 2012)

The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB), sponsored by the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB), welcomes feminist scholarship on ethical issues related to health, health care, and the biomedical sciences.


Vol 6, No. 2: Special Issue on Aging and Long-term Care

  • The deadline for submission for this issue is September 15, 2012.Guest Editors: Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Carol LevineThe past several decades have seen significant improvement in the health of older adults. In the United States and many other parts of the world, people are living longer and with less chronic disability than ever before. The aging population is burgeoning. While currently the proportion of older persons is 17 percent, by 2050 it is expected to be 26 percent. The oldest old, or those eighty and above, will increase from being just 1.4 percent of the population to 4.3 percent. The elderly, and especially the oldest old, are disproportionately women. Their caregivers are also disproportionately women, as family care is the predominant mode of care. Projections further suggest that elderly populations in many developing countries are growing more rapidly than those in affluent ones. Nearly 250 million of the approximately 420 million people over sixty-five live in developing countries, and expectations are that the majority will live there in coming decades. Compared to wealthier countries, these mostly low and middle-income countries will undergo this demographic shift quite quickly, even as they continue to contend with the burden of diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and with considerably less in the way of resources, including human resources.These changing demographics generate a greater need for long-term care, whether that is provided in the home, in community settings, or in institutions. While there has been considerable debate concerning the nature and extent of future long-term care needs, especially given declining rates of disability in recent decades, the consensus is that they will grow. While governments, global health organizations like the WHO and PAHO, and other agents have acknowledged the importance of addressing current and coming demands related to aging and long-term care, the current state of the dependent elderly and of long-term care systems around the world are, on the whole, fragile and in urgent need of attention. Moreover, analyses and recommendations that are informed by feminist approaches are largely lacking.This special issue of IJFAB aims to contribute to the ongoing conversations around ethics and policy in aging and long-term care. We invite essays written from a feminist perspective on any topic related to aging and long-term care.
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  • Possible topics include:
    • What characterizes a feminist approach to aging and/or long-term care and what contributions can it make to theory and policy?
    • How do feminist views about “family” affect long-term care approaches?
    • What is the structure of income provision for the aged in a particular country or region and what are its ethical implications?
    • What are the ethical implications of different kinds of support systems for the dependent elderly?
    • How is long-term care labor gendered and what ethical concerns does this raise?
    • How can a feminist vision of long-term care accommodate cultural and religious traditions that place special responsibilities for long-term care on women and girls?
    • What are the implications of the feminization of labor migration on the provision of long-term care needs around the world?
    • What is the structure of labor and or economic policy in a given country or region and what are its ethical implications for family caregivers?
    • How are representations of old age gendered and “performed” in the media and in the arts, and what are the ethical and health implications?

    Submission instructions for authors are available here. Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word format as email attachments to IJFAB@sunysb.edu.

Sexual Orientation and Aging: On the radio/in the journals/doc movies too

The CBC project SHIFT did a piece recently entitled “Back in the Closet”.  The reporters examined unique issues facing LGBT people as they age.  You can listen here.

I see now that Nancy Knauer of Temple University has just posted an article on SSRN entitled “Gen Silent: Advocating for LGBT Elders“.  It is forthcoming in the Journal of Elder Law. Abstract:

This article provides a general introduction to the specific challenges facing LGBT elders. In addition to the general burdens of aging, LGBT elders are disadvantaged by a number of LGBT-specific concerns, most notably: the legal fragility of their support systems, high levels of financial insecurity compounded by ineligibility for spousal benefits, and the continued prevalence of anti-LGBT bias on the part of their non-LGBT peers and service providers. Part I outlines the ways in which LGBT elders differ from their non-LGBT peers in terms of demographics and their reliance on “chosen family,” as well as some of the particular issues confronting transgender elders. Part II turns to two issues that loom large in the lives of LGBT elders: the closet and the constant threat of anti-LGBT bias. It contends that pre-Stonewall history continues to inform the behavior and beliefs of LGBT elders, and that the prevalence of anti-LGBT bias and violence distorts their view of the aging process. Part III discusses the extent to which LGBT elders can use traditional estate planning tools to safeguard their interests. A brief conclusion summarizes the types of reforms that are necessary to ensure dignity and equity in aging regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It argues that the limitations of existing planning tools should serve as a powerful reminder that many elder law issues require a wider lens and that the reach of elder law ultimately extends well beyond the finer points of estate planning and the spousal impoverishment rules. Aging in the U.S. is first and foremost a civil rights issue that implicates fundamental issues of justices and fairness. In this regard, the isolation and fear experienced by LGBT elders should strike a universal chord, as should their call for dignity and equity in aging.

This isn’t Knauer’s first effort to talk about this issue.  See her faculty bio for links to pdf’s of other articles and the one I mention above.

You could also check out this doc, “A place to live: The story of Triangle Square“.

CFP: New Deadline Friday Nov 12: Aging as a feminist concern @ Emory

Aging as a Feminist Concern

January 21-22, 2011

Emory University School of Law

Atlanta, Georgia

Aging is a feminist issue. The elderly, especially the oldest of the old, are disproportionately female. Among the elderly, women are more likely than their male peers to face a number of challenges, including poverty, disability and isolation. Yet, the legal academy, including feminist legal theorists, is only just beginning to pay attention to old age and its implications. This workshop will advance this agenda by bringing together a diverse group of scholars to explore the relationship between feminist theory, law and policy, and the concerns of the aging. We will focus on understanding how the relationship between age and gender can be theorized, as well as exploring how feminist legal theory can inform policy and law in the U.S. and abroad.

Feminist legal theorists are in an excellent position to advance progressive and transformative theories about aging. The form and content of the negative stereotypes older adults are frequently subjected to parallel negative stereotypes about women. Like women, the elderly (both men and women) have traditionally been cast as mentally inadequate, frail, and in need of protection by outsiders. Both age and gender – and out-dated conceptions of each – have historically been cavalierly used as convenient proxies for other, more germane, characteristics. In addition, older women face many of the same gendered inequalities of younger women in contexts ranging from domestic violence to employment discrimination. Further, the growing population of older women raises distinct issues of caretaking whether the older woman is serving as caretaker or as the care recipient.