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Medical Bias and the “Stupid, Old Patient Syndrome” That Infects Healthcare Workers

Being elderly does not mean being seriously mentally impaired or uneducated, yet that bias exists and isn’t readily recognized in medicine.

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No one wants to be spoken to as though they are children, unable to understand and to have conversations directed to others, not to them. It is demeaning, disrespectful, and apparent



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Dr. Patricia Farrell

Dr. Farrell is a psychologist, consultant, author, interested in writing, and health.