Reframing ageing: Opportunities to address ageism and elder abuse

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Reframing ageing: Opportunities to address ageism and elder abuse

Guest Writer

Guest Writer

Ageism is ingrained in our society – almost everyone has negative feelings about ageing (Image: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay )
Ageism is ingrained in our society – almost everyone has negative feelings about ageing (Image: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay)

Professor Ngaire Kerse discusses how we think and talk about older people, and how it makes a difference to their wellbeing. She also highlights an under-reported problem in New Zealand – elder abuse

Key Points, Ageism is associated with worse physical and mental health outcomes and high healthcare costs. The ageing population should be seen as an opportunit
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