I was shocked when I turned to page 2 of your March 13 issue with the insensitivity of the article about an increase in the number of elderly people requiring help, headlined Number of addled aged admitted to hospital soars in the last five years.
It went on to talk about 'boozy pensioners'; what kind of language is that? It also talks about 'binge drinking'.
To use such pejorative words is offensive to say the least. I worked with elderly people for many years - now I have become old myself.
There are many reasons for people of all ages drinking too much, which I will not elaborate on here. But I would suggest that most elderly people cannot afford to binge drink, nor do they usually get into fights or damage property as so often seems to happen with younger people.
Society as a whole does not value age. Articles such as this reinforce prejudice. I am surprised that a sensitive topic was allowed to be treated in such a way.