11 Feb, 16 | by BMJ
One of the greatest challenges for us as we age is “bar stool gerontology.” For most complex subjects—nuclear physics, molecular biology, or philosophy—most of us recognise that some learning and education are required to grasp their fundamentals.
Yet despite the fact that we are at our most complex in later life, it remains acceptable in many walks of life to ignore advances in research on ageing—presumably on the basis of, “Sure, we all know what ageing is.”
A staggering example of this gerontological illiteracy was the recent pronouncement by the head of acute care for NHS England that loneliness was driving older people into emergency departments. more…