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Letters Ageing and inequality

Ageing and inequality: why do some elderly people not seek advice and help more routinely?

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 19 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6569
  1. Simon Kenwright, retired physician
  1. Stowting TN25 6BD, UK
  1. SimonKenwright{at}

“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 …

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