Do Doctors care about the elderly?

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Do Doctors care about the elderly?

I don’t want to be a skeptic and would like to believe all Doctors care for their elderly patients. 

However, a few years back, I was having a conversation with one of my clients who is intelligent, articulate and on- the- ball albeit in his 90s.

He said he really does feel that once you pass a certain age, Doctors really don’t want to know.

He is a lively, bubbly man, not negative in the slightest but he feels that Doctors think;

“Well, you are in your late 80’s – you may die  next year, anyway!!”

He loathes having to visit his Doctor’s Surgery as in his words it is ” Full of people coughing and spluttering” and the worst place to catch something.

He has asked for a medical check for both himself and his Wife who incidentally has a Pacemaker fitted!

Obviously the elderly are going to require more from the NHS, as we all will in time, but never forget – THEY were the ones who funded it in the first place –  with Aneurin  Bevan’s dream for  medical care “From Cradle to Grave ”

On the whole, I still think the NHS is amazing, but when elderly people feel they are made to feel unworthy it saddens me.

The Following Day …..

One of my 95-year-old ladies tells me that she has gone deaf and thinks she may have an ear-wax build up. She has spoken to her surgery who told her not to put any drops in until a nurse has been out to visit.

When will they visit she asked?

In a ” week or so” she was told! As she said…. I am obviously not important enough.

This situation is only going to worsen as the system creaks under the strain, no one has a solution at present and I know for a fact that ambulance dispatches are age-related. Older you are the longer you will wait!


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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