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September 10, 2006


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Found you blog from the link re hosting the next disability blog carnival. Thank you so much for posting a link to "On Old Age" an essay I read many many years ago, when I was in my teen years. It seems so much of what I read then has been homoginized, and I no longer remember exactly the sorrec of my ideas and opinions.

I did enjoy your discussion of medicalization, and embrace much of what you experss. I just posted my "complaint" in a comment on Rackel's blog, that I found from a link on your page, re the Ashley Treatment.

In another long list of comments on Mary's blog re Ashley's treatment, I pointed out that I had never heard of anyone suggestion the amputation of the breasts of old women who were physically disabled considered senile, and that were full size adults, and back in the day, cared for at home. Someone responded back to my post that old people were not disabled, they were just waiting as they aproached going into death.

It had never occured to me that a disability was age related. I wonder what the cutoff age is for disability is, then? Or, like you say, is it assumed that old age is a condition that embodies disfunction and degeneration?

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