Parky calls for greater respect for the elderly

Chat show legend Sir Michael Parkinson has called for society to treat the elderly with more respect and dignity.

Speaking at this week's Royal College of Nursing conference, the broadcaster said many people are neglected and overlooked in their twilight years.

Sir Michael insisted that it is not the job of the government to ensure that this problem is solved, nor the responsibility of the NHS.

"It's the job of all of us," he commented.

"They should be treated as younger people - not neglected and shoved into a corner."

Sir Michael added that the media is partly responsible for this attitude, as fashion pages are always full of how to look good up to the age of 60.

However, he said magazines rarely, if ever, show anything beyond these ages.

This echoes recent comments from Labour MP David Winnick, who highlighted the lack of female newsreaders aged over 50 as an ongoing problem on British television.

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