“Fighting Ageism and Unfair Treatment in Health Care” – next avenue

“Among the problems: doctors who view depression and anxiety in older adults as ‘normal’

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(Next Avenue invited all our 2016 Influencers in Aging to write essays about the one thing they would like to change about aging in America. This is one of the essays.)

by Terry Fulmer

“Everyone deserves equal treatment — in the broader society and in our health care system. Today, older people are often not treated fairly and do not get the care they deserve, simply because of their age. While one of our great success stories in the 20th century was the stunning gain in human longevity, recent research from The Frameworks Institute, funded by my group, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and others, has found that the majority of us still don’t recognize ageism or its deleterious effects. They call it a ‘cognitive hole,’ a mental blind spot.

“As 10,000 of us turn 65 each day, it is critical that we shine a bright light on this insidious prejudice.”

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