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Ageism has allowed us to ignore problems in long term care homes, Professor Esme Fuller-Thompson tells CBC Radio


Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson was on CBC Radio programs across the country on May 28 to talk about older adults, ageism and long term care homes, which have seen the greatest concentration of COVID-19 deaths in Canada.

While the problems in long-term care homes recently reported by the military have been known for some time, she says that ageism has allowed us to ignore them.

“We are not doing our job in maintaining basic, basic services,” she told Metro Morning. “It is unbelievable.”

Fuller-Thomson argues that increased education and greater intergenerational contact will be key to changing how we view and ultimately treat older adults.

Listen to her segment on Ontario Morning here (from 2:35-9:25).