Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tonights 60 Minutes Segment on 90+ Year Olds Gave An Inaccurate View

Since my mother is 94 years old I was looking forward to tonight’s story on the “oldest old” describing people in their 90s.  The people in this segment were all in excellent health for their age and were interviewed about events that they could remember from decades ago, yet they had problems with their short term memories.  Lesley Stahl even interviewed a couple in their 90s who were dating.  The topic of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia were considered.

I was very disappointed that the issues of assisted living facilities and nursing homes were not discussed in this segment.  I did not see anyone in walkers or wheel chairs.  The topic of cost of elder care and legal issues involved were not part of this story.

Thus, I feel that this story did not show an accurate picture of typical “oldest old.”

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