Talking about age

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Doesn’t all that publicity about increase in age of the population and more dementia and Alzheimers and so on just lul service professionals into thinking that our older people are not so sharp anymore and they can slack in service standards?

I have undergone recent IQ testing, it is publicly available on theBBC website at the moment, and in one of the categories I am in the top 5% of participants.

My regular games results show me I am regularly in the top 10-20% of those taking part.

So my GP is now getting used to the idea that they actually have to try very hard to give me the best treatment available on the NHS and I am also currently working with my dentist to convince them that I am no push-over when it comes to service standards.

When I walked along Stratford Shopping centre one morning, and just turned around to look for my daughter, who was walking much slower behind me a gentleman approach me enquiring whether I lost my way and asking whether I knew where I was just because I looked around me.

It seems that the perception about older people is now that we are all a bit dumb and need help just walking around.

Let me assure you readers that this is not so.

Of course it depends how much a person drinks and how their general attitude is but I think there is no case for health services to think there are lower service expectations from older residents.

Dentists by default now think that removing teeth from older people and replacing them with cheap plastic dentures is the norm. I thoroughly oppose that stance. People should be able to get tooth implants on the NHS to enable better dental treatment. People need to be able to chew food.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dr B
    Jan 13, 2020 @ 08:39:39

    Quite right, but it’s nice when younger folks give up their seat for you, something we have especially noticed in Spain, Hungary and USA.


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