Reminder: Don’t Judge Based on Physical Disabilities
Dear Carol: I’m 81 and healthy other than a hip replacement that didn’t turn out well, so I use a cane or walker, depending on the day. I’ve noticed that my mobility aides have dramatically changed people’s perception of me. The good part is that this experience has helped me understand more about others with disabilities. The bad part is that where I was once acknowledged as an older but capable person, now I’m treated as mentally slow and befuddled. Younger, physically disabled people are often treated as though they are cognitively challenged, as well. Speaking for myself, I appreciate a little extra courtesy that’s offered in a non-patronizing way – but then, who doesn’t? I’m asking you to remind your readers not to make assumptions based on appearances. Being old and/or physically disabled doesn’t mean we should be treated less respectfully. Thanks for the soapbox! – LA
Dear LA: One thing that I’m proud of with my work is that I’m often praised for considering all sides of an issue. Thank you for giving me this chance to highlight the elder perspective. I can’t say what you said any better, but here are some tips …
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