“Medical care for the elderly lags substantially behind in most Western countries.” Already in 2007, the Dutch professor of internal medicine and gerontology Rudi Westendorp made this claim in one of his famous lectures.
Westendorp advanced two arguments to prove medical care for the elderly lags behind. The first was that the medical protocols prevented a more coherent approach of the elderly. His second argument was that people over 65 were consistently excluded from medical research.
Unfortunately, in The Netherlands, Westendorp’s wake-up call fell on deaf ears. Shortly afterward, he moved to Denmark. If the current pandemic proves anything, it is indeed that Westendorp was right and that medical care for the elderly lags behind.