Aged care advertising scares me. Like much else about aged care services in Australia, some advertisements stereotype residents. At least, that’s one conclusion I came to when a series of ads appeared in the newspaper my husband buys.
Over 65 and Australian society calls us old, even though people now in their fifties must work until 67 before they can receive an age pension.
Doctor shopping has bad press. On one level, rightly so. But for people dissatisfied with their current general practitioner, finding a new doctor can be vital for their health and well-being.
Age discrimination (ageism) creeps up on us when we aren’t looking. One day, we belong in the mainstream. The next, we older people find ourselves invisible in a grey (or beige) crowd. People describe us, collectively, as a burden.
We should refuse to have falls. Such language implies we are old, decrepit and way past our prime even if we are active, creative and energetic seniors.