What can you expect at your age?
"[My GP] doesn’t care less [that] I have depression, heart attacks, chronic asthma, chronic arthritis and chronic spondylitis."
"I know my body pretty well. I have lived in it 72 years and this female doctor who had just met me, [told me she] knew better."
These are direct quotes from a new report produced by the Older Women's Network and Health Consumers NSW, reflecting the experiences of people who feel they are being treated differently in the health care system because of their age.
This coming Friday (23 April), the Older Women's Network and Health Consumers NSW are hosting a webinar to discuss these issues. We'll be joining in, and we encourage you to as well. You can register here.
The report states that "It is clear from the analysis that ageism impacts the way older people experience healthcare."
The EveryAGE Counts team applauds this initiative from the Older Women's Network, which is a really important contribution to the growing body of evidence about how ageism affects us, and what can be done to address it.