I was just reading through medical articles, written by specialists who treat those who suffer from PMR/GCA and I am shocked at the number of references to 'the elderly'. This blanket term has prejudices in the minds of many people, medical specialists included. I am 61 and not in receipt of my state pension for years yet. I do have genuinely 'elderly' relatives who are dependent on me and I also have bills to pay, such as the mortgage and council tax. I am still able to contribute to the society in which I live and might still be here in 30 or even 40 years time! I resent being labeled 'the elderly' just because I have GCA/PMR and suggest the patient group makes representation to medical specialists to be classified under another, more accurate and discerning heading.
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