Pestering the elderly

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1212
  1. Colin Douglas

    Some years ago, when the then prime minister qualified for her bus pass, someone in the BBC decided to do a Sunday morning radio programme about the life of older people. As one with some specialist knowledge, I was asked to help. And as any nephew might do in the circumstances, I rang my elderly aunt in case she would be interested in listening. Her reply—“I'm sorry, dear, but we're actually going out hill walking that day”—made quite an important point about the life of older people.

    My aunt still goes out regularly with her rambling friends though, as she puts it herself, …

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