Bioethical Perspectives for Ageing. The documents produced by the Ethics Councils
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AbstractAging attracted keen interest in research, health, education as well as cross-sectors approaches. We researched what has been produced by the National Bioethics/Ethics Councils in the form of opinions or other documents, relating to aging and elderly people. In the websi-tes of the 28 EU councils and 12 other countries, we identified 4 documents relating to aging and 8 opinions, which we analyse. The Councils have proposed to draw the attention and reflection of public opinion to the elderly condition; all agree that the age has its own traits and that matters revert to a “culture of old age”, respect and promotion of a positive aging. Enhance the diversity of modes of aging and the importance of preparing all, promoting literacy for aging, creating social and legal protective elements (Elderly Statute, Observatory of the Elderly Conditions). From the analysis, a set of principles and bioethical elements:  respect for human dignity, regardless of the stage of life;  recognition of the person’s situation uniqueness to aging;  freedom of one’s own decision, which is materialized in respect for autonomy;  recognition of the vulnerabilities of the elderly,  ethical commitment and social responsibility in monitoring the elderly,  non-discrimination by age and  the guidance to the conditions of the integral good and quality of life. Aging is an existential step for which we can prepare, on the assumption that human life in its longevity, interweaves those who are older and those younger, on the crucial issue of human existence.