David feels that Britain should stop talking about ‘tsunamis’ of old people and additional ‘burdens’ since "that just engenders ageist attitudes. We’ve got to move towards thinking about healthy active ageing across the life course, not regarding anyone over 65 or 70 as miserable, isolated and a burden.”
So old men and women of Britain, "Take Heart" David is about to take up the cudgels on your behalf : “I love the idea of crusading for a disadvantaged group. That campaigning edge is something the British Geriatrics Society is looking to build on. It has already moved from being a somewhat inward-facing 'club for doctors' to one that is aiming to influence policy and attracting more non-doctors, including therapists and nurses, to its 3,000-strong ranks."
David will have his work cut out for him because, in his opinion :
* radical action is needed on a number of fronts to avoid our health and social care services being completely overwhelmed by more and more old people : “Doing nothing is not an option any more. Our systems are about to fall over with the rising pressure.”
* the main political parties are not prepared because : “The conference announcements from all three parties about funding for health and social care are too little, too late – they are a sticking plaster. None of them are committing to anything near the level of funding increase we really need, let alone being honest about where that’s going to come from.”