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Ethics in aging research is actually the intersection of three different studies, gerontology, ethics, and research methodology, each of which has its own literature. Among periodicals, consider the Hastings Center Report, IRB: Ethics and Human Research, the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, and the American Journal of Bioethics. Disease-specific periodicals can be helpful as well. The Alzheimer's research community has sustained a long and fruitful discussion related to capacity for consent, much of which is in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.

The literature of research ethics is in some respects different from publications that report research findings. Frequently authors, in trying to get to core issues, work with principles that were not recently discovered. It is not at all uncommon for a seminal book or article from several decades ago to continue to be valuable. See, for example, The Patient as Person, which appeared in the wake of the research scandals of the 1960s (Ramsey, 1970).

Consider also the work of associations with an interest in aging and research. Much of their contributions can be accessed through the respective websites of the Alzheimer's Association, the American Geriatric Society, and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. Websites for are listed in the References section.

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