Ageism in Health Care Is More Common Than You Might Think, And It Can Harm People

March 7, 2024

Two older people sitting on a bench, one in a wheelchair

(NPR) – Researchers and geriatricians say that instances like these constitute ageism – discrimination based on a person’s age – and it is surprisingly common in health care settings. It can lead to both overtreatment and undertreatment of older adults, says Dr. Louise Aronson, a geriatrician and professor of geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

“We all see older people differently. Ageism is a cross-cultural reality,” Aronson says. (Read More)

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