Author(s)Nurunnabi, Abu Sadat Mohammad; Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, OSD, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Dhaka
Tanira, Shaorin; Assistant Director (Health), MCH-FP Clinic, Manabik Shahajya Sangstha (MSS), Dhaka
Sony, Sadia Akther; MPH student, Department of Public Health and Informatics (DPHI), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka
Elderly people; ageing population; elderly care ethics; healthy ageing; public health
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AbstractBeing a low-income country of South Asia region, Bangladesh has been struggling with its health budget for increasing elderly population over the decades. However, concerns regarding the aging population and its impact on country’s socio-economic status have come to the forefront in the policy making and implementation towards national development in recent years. This paper is intended to discuss ethical issues, in context of principlism, that are likely to arise and the means to deal with ethical dilemmas in healthcare of elderly people involving seniors themselves and their service providers whether professionals or family members. To provide the highest level of care, the entire caregiving team needs to form a partnership having the best interest of the elderly people as their focal point while providing loving, appropriate care to enhance their quality of care, their quality of life and their happiness in the latter days of their lives which is coined as ‘healthy ageing’.