A Doctor Speaks Out About Ageism In Medicine

Doctors are quick to discount the concerns of older patients, or even dismiss their health issues due to hidden biases about the value of older people. (wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock)

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Many doctors see elderly patients as a waste of time and effort, a mentality born of hidden biases

BY JUDITH GRAHAM, KAISER HEALTH NEWS

June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

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Society gives short shrift to older age. This distinct phase of life doesn’t get the same attention that’s devoted to childhood. And the special characteristics of people in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond are poorly understood.

Medicine reflects this narrow-mindedness.… READ MORE...

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