Ageing and inequality: why do some elderly people not seek advice and help more routinely?BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6569 (Published 19 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6569
- Simon Kenwright, retired physician
- Stowting TN25 6BD, UK
“We always end up agreeing that the alternative is worse,” writes Helen Salisbury about consultations with elderly patients who advise her not to “get old.”1 It’s a common sentiment, but perhaps Salisbury needs to improve her listening skills?
Elderly people are reputed to be more reticent about discussing suicidal …