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Health, Aging and Society
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Anju Joshi

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Death & Dying Death was a normal event in all stages of life… Now- see death as something that happens to the old - most deaths occurred at home—Now most deaths occur in hospitals or institutions Current Research Findings - despite the fact that most Canadians would prefer to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones, in 2000, 75% were dying in hospitals or long-term care homes - 2012: 70% were dying in hospitals or long-term care homes Common questions we ask about death and older people: - are older people more preoccupied with death? - are older people more fearful of it than young people? 2 consistent findings: 1. Older people do think about death more frequently than younger people 2. older people fear death less than younger people Consistent finding from several studies: fear of death diminishes with age Factors that explain lower fear of death among older people: 1. Older people have had considerable experience in dealing with death 2. Older people may feel that they have lived beyond thei
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