At 80 I should still have the right to decide what care I do and do not want. All this is leading to is rationed care for the elderly. Already the board is rationing care. Should I not be treated for cancer or must I accept life in a wheel chair at 70 ? They are already turning seniors aged 70 down for knee replacement ,cataract surgery and cancer treatment. People are healthier then ever at 80. Medicare pays so little no Dr or hospital wants to care for you. The time it takes alone to justify the need on paper more then eats up the cost of the visit. Drs need to be educated about best practices and need to involve the elderly in their decision making as it is their care.
At 80 you should have the right to decide but geriatric medicine is so narrow minded and behind the times they really even can't offer an 80 year old choiceS. And irreguardless of the choices involved some doctors/practices have learned how to word their diagnosis, prognosis and need for THEIR procedure thus resulting in the overly aggressive procedure and/or medicine prescribing. I don't think you would've seen things this aggressive years ago(setting aside the scam called geriatric medicine) But the avarage senior citizen being covered under medicare is better than no or declining business from non seniors without insurance.
Between sports medicine orthepedic & fitness knowledge and nutrition seniors can lead a much healthier life into their 80s & 90s. Heck if a young kid lead the sanctioned lifestyle the current so called medical professionals advocate/tolerate they would be stroke victims by 12. If a young kid didn't exercise their bones would be brittle, their bodies weak and their weight out of control.
I know younger people who had swelling from injury in the feet and ankles and were told just do foot pumps and toe raises: stand on your feet and raise you toes to improve muscle tone and thus circulation to reduce the swelling. And it worked. A senior is given 'massaging socks' and expensive packet of bandages and told stay off your feet. Just like some of the workouts once reserved for athletes are now given to people to loose weight on shows like the Biggest Loser they can use many of these techniques and thinking on seniors to improve their general health and basic conditions. Point being there is frequently more than one way to skin a cat. But geriatric medicine in America just waits for their patients to die.