A Doctor Speaks Out About Ageism In Medicine
Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesnt get the same attention thats devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond are poorly understood.
Medicine reflects this narrow-mindedness. In medical school, physicians learn that people in the prime of life are normal and scant time is spent studying aging. In practice, doctors too often fail to appreciate older adults unique needs or to tailor treatments appropriately.
Imagine a better way. Older adults would be seen as different than, not less than. The phases of later life would be mapped and expertise in aging would be valued, not discounted.