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Parkinson hits out at youth obsession

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Older people are being neglected by society, Sir Michael Parkinson told delegates at the RCN Congress.

In an emotional address, he recalled his mother’s death in a nursing home at the age of 95, following her diagnosis with dementia.

He said society as a whole must learn to recognise the needs of older people and attacked the media for its obsession with youth. ‘What’s wrong with a wrinkle?’ he said.

‘We should not look at nursing staff, not at hospitals and so on, we should look at ourselves,’ he said.

‘Why are we so afraid of growing old? Why do we neglect older people as a society?’

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