Kathy Sheridan: Negative stereotyping of older people can knock several years off a life

Covid has exposed insidious ageism in society that has serious implications

Kathy Sheridan: People’s convictions, beliefs and feelings do not exist in isolation. In this argument, a society grounded in ageism and ableism is assumed. Photograph: iStock

Kathy Sheridan: People’s convictions, beliefs and feelings do not exist in isolation. In this argument, a society grounded in ageism and ableism is assumed. Photograph: iStock

The hospital questionnaire included the routine question about falls. The Yes box was ticked, only because there had been a couple of limb breakages, one caused by a wobbly ladder and the second when a large dog bolted with this escort attached.

The kind of splats that happen to any moderately active person of any age, as this patient might have explained if asked. Observe the age spectrum in any orthopaedic clinic.

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