Elderly Ageism in Medicine: Lack of Geropsychologists For the Elderly

The American Psychological Association (APA) reports on an ageist trend in medicine today: A severe lack of geropsychologists to serve our rapidly aging society that requires specialized care and an ageist trend preventing elderly patients from using them. Mental health issues among older Americans take on many forms, from depression and anxiety to behavioral health problems and…

Caregiver Stress Needs to Be Taken Seriously

Caregiver Stress is Real Caregivers experience stress just as frequently as anyone else. Unfortunately, they are often dismiss it. It’s assumed that caregiver stress is an expectation that comes with the job. People feel that the stress should be tolerated, like learning to cope with long, boring commutes. Caregiver Stress Has Medical Consequences In fact, caregiver…

Ageism in Medicine: Are Older Patients Creating Their Own Medical Ageism?

healthAgeism & Age-Related Myths Pose Danger to Seniors When seniors subscribe to the following myths regarding elderly ageism, seeking the medical help they need can suffer. These myths and pitfalls include thoughts such as: “It’s too late to change my lifestyle” “Lifelong damage is irreversible” “This pain is a result of my age” “I don’t…

Ageism in clinical trials is worrisome

Ageism in Medicine: Clinical Trials Limit Elderly Healthcare

One-quarter of patients who regularly take prescription medications are over 65. However, clinical trials severely underrepresent this age group. Unfortunately, this is no oversight. Ageism in clinical trials is an unfortunate reality. The International Longevity Center reports that people over the age of 75 are “explicitly excluded” from participating in 40% of clinical trials. These…

Ageism in Medicine: Mental Health is Critical for the Elderly

Mental health is equally as important as physical health. The U.S. Surgeon General once defined mental health as “the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and providing the ability to adapt to change and cope with adversity.” This holds true for everyone – including the elderly. Sadly, the…