Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, a geriatrician in Halifax and Researcher with the Canadian FRAILTY NETWORK says that an ageist attitude is an underlying cause of unsuitable healthcare for older patients.
Should medicine be ageist? A young trainee doctor recently proposed to me that it should. Healthcare is overstretched, she argued. “We can’t do everything for everyone, so why spend money on old people, who have little chance of benefit?”