Letter: Mary Jane Spence, Ashburn

Editor: Medical costs and healthcare policies are changing in today’s society, as we all know.

By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or over. The baby boomer generation is prevalent in the population now, and with that is coming the effect of ageism. Ageism is stereotyping and discriminating against people due to age. It permeates the attitudes of medical providers, the healthcare system and has profound influence on the type and amount of care offered, requested and received from doctors.

Sadly, doctors view care of older adults as frustrating, uninteresting and less rewarding. Many doctors assume ailments are caused by age and are thus denied effective medical treatment.

Effects of ageism is detected throughout society, media and government policy. If we don’t address issues soon, it will get far more complex when the huge population of baby boomers begin to reach the “golden years.”

It is my hope that the medical profession will get extra training for geriatric patients, because our lives matter just as much as younger people. We have value in the society just as much as younger people. It’s time to change the attitudes of doctors, and start recognizing we deserve the best medical treatment that can be provided. Seniors need to stand up for their rights and start defending their rights to be treated just as any other patient.

So, baby boomers, and those beyond baby boom age, don’t accept minimal treatment. Stand up and speak your mind.

Mary Jane Spence, Ashburn