The Bias of Medical Care Providers Towards Aging

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seniorsSeveral years ago I earned a National Association of REALTORS® designation which better qualified me for working with a growing age group in this world - 55+. The Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) classes taught us about the special needs of the senior citizen. Although I'm in this age group it is still good to be taught and know all of the special needs. There's age restricted communities to think about (the pro's and cons of living in one of these communities), proximity to hospitals and doctors offices; when selling do you want to buy something smaller or move into an Assisted Care Facility; and, oh so many other things. I try to constantly keep myself educated on what's going on with seniors and how to help them. About 60 to 75% of my clients are in this age group. If you need a REALTORS® who specializes in seniors then you need to look no I am. You may e-mail here.

I subscribe to many newsletters that help keep me up-to-date on the latest for seniors. One of these newsletters and website is here. I recently received the following e-mail from them that I felt might be of interest to all seniors and senior caregivers,

In many cultures in the world, elderly people are revered and their advice is sought and respected. In our culture, the wisdom, the knowledge and the social skills of the elderly are often overlooked and instead we focus on the mental and physical deficits of our older generation. . . . Because of this prevailing attitude, older people in our society are generally regarded as less valuable than younger people. . . . It is inevitable that many medical care providers will unconsciously have this same attitude towards their older patients. As a result, if an older person has a medical complaint and the cause is not readily apparent, a medical practitioner is more likely to accept the condition as a consequence of old age. This attitude causes practitioners to focus treatment on making the elderly more comfortable in their old age as opposed to finding a cure. In younger people, if the medical complaint is interfering with normal daily function, typically a more concerted effort will be made to identify and correct the problem." Click here for the complete article

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Mary, I am so glad you are out there with the SRES designation, being a caring person for all seniors. I have never understood in American culture unlike Asian culture how we can't all just revere our oldest in society. We have to do better in this area.

Aug 17, 2008 03:26 PM #1
Raylene Lewis
Century 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX

Neat! I did not know you could get a designation like that! What a Help to know what people will need!

Aug 17, 2008 04:49 PM #2
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Mary, many of us are in that age range....and believe me, it's a growing population. I'd love to take the SRES course if they would ever offer it here at a time and place convenient to me....I like adding those acronymns to the end of my name. ;-)


Aug 17, 2008 05:35 PM #3
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Mary, I really think what your doing for the elderly is wonderful. And in your post I really like what you have to say at the bottom. It is sad how sometimes elderly people are thought of as (old). I am 50 years old, please don't tell anyone but when I work with younger people in our businesses they disrespect me sometimes and think I don't know as much as they do. When I grew up we always respected our elders, I really don't see this very much anymore with this younger generation.

Thank you for the enlightenment!

Aug 17, 2008 06:22 PM #4
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge

Keep up the great work in the 55+ area. There are very few agents, unlike yourself, that truly understand this segment. 

Aug 23, 2008 04:29 PM #5
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

IN another life I worked as in physical therapy with geriatric patients, and you are right. I would see a younger Dr. come out of a room and roll his eyes about an overly fearly patient.....its sad but true

Aug 24, 2008 01:50 PM #6
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