Ageism and Myasthenia Gravis
Whether intentional or unintentional, ageism is a reality experienced by many individuals as they begin to age.
Ageism can be disastrous for individuals with MG. It may leave individuals left undiagnosed and symptoms/crises uncontrolled due to assumptions made about aging. Providers may dismiss MG symptoms as inevitable with age, not trusting you despite your eagerness and resilience that it is something more.
Providers exercising ageism may also lead to overtreatment if providers treat natural aging effects as another disease. Too much medicine sometimes can be just as troubling for MG individuals and harmful medicine interactions.
Care for the elderly, like all MG patients, should be individualized to treat each unique situation.
Have you experienced ageism? Has it affected your MG diagnosis, care, or treatment options? Have providers treated you or talked to you differently as you’ve aged?
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