Have you experienced ageism in the medical field?
Ageism is evident in many areas, including the medical field. You might find yourself in a situation where your doctor discusses your health before you but refers to you in the third person. Eventually, they turn to you and start talking with a loud, slow voice, using more basic sentence structure. For people who bring their parents to stay in a care facility, it’s common to hear things like, “Don’t worry, they get used to being here in a few weeks,” a judgment that is based only on their age.
These are some verbal ageism examples. Unfortunately, there are situations where one’s ageist assessment may lead to unpleasant outcomes for the elderly. There have been many instances where ailments are over treated without proper examinations. A great example is when medical providers use someone’s age as the basis for their health recommendations. And doing so might result in unwanted outcomes, like excessive expenses and putting the patients through unnecessary treatments, worsening their condition.