Evidence of ageism in society in hospital stay
I WAS a day patient on a ward in the final days of the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, before its services were transferred to the present Royal Derby Hospital.
The only other occupant of the ward was an elderly lady who was dying, as demonstrated by the tears and distress of her children and grandchildren.
After they had gone, her struggle to breathe was painful to behold. This lasted for half an hour.
Meanwhile, the ward nurses were gathered around the nursing station laughing and joking with each other.
Finally, a nurse came in and drew the curtains around the lady's bed. She died shortly afterwards.
It was clear evidence that the younger generation is the product of an ageist society backed up by celebrity culture and a consumerist society geared to view old people with contempt.