Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Are our seniors receiving proper treatment?

As the population in North America ages, are our seniors receiving proper health care? What do you think? What have you seen?

I don't think they are. I feel that they are often brushed off, not taken seriously and not given the time they need to visit and speak with healthcare professionals. One study, about respiratory diseases and the elderly, has found the same thing. According to the press release, Guidelines for care of elderly patients ignored, ' "Slightly less than 22% of older adults with asthma or COPD received bronchodilator inhalers. An even smaller minority received one or more lung function examinations during the year and 18% were not vaccinated against influenza". ' The authors do point out, however, that those who smoked also had a lower rate of receiving treatment. So - is it a combination then?

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