Old timers rattle zimmers at 'Elderly Persons' sign
Warning: Patronised pensioners ahead
Campaigning old timers organisation Age Concern is demanding the scrapping of the "Elderly Persons" road sign, which suggests that advanced years come at the price of a hunched back and a hobble to the shops propped up on a walking stick.
The offending image - introduced in 1981 - is described by the British Medical Journal as showing "a silhouette of a man with a flexed posture using a cane and leading a kyphotic woman" which "implies that osteopaenic vertebral collapse and the need for mobility aids are to be expected with physical disability as well as with advancing age".
Lizzy McLennan, an Age Concern senior policy officer, told the Telegraph: "Very few older people are hunched over, with a walking stick. They are assuming everyone who is old looks like that, and they don't."
The organisation's director general, Gordon Lishman, added: "The motivation behind these signs - to make drivers more careful of their speed in areas with residential care homes - is positive. However in practice a reduced speed limit in such areas, as implemented in school districts, would be a more welcome way to achieve this."
However, Mark Wallace of the Taxpayers' Alliance countered: "They should pay more attention to the real concerns of older people - rising taxes and soaring household bills."
A Department for Transport spokesman, meanwhile, insisted the sign "was not intended to depict elderly people, but those who were frail". The image is, the BMJ notes, also used for "frail, disabled, or blind people, even though many of these people are not old". ®
signs of alziemers
its OK folks , my eyes are so bad now I cant read signs when driving,so no offense poss`. I am however concerned for j ``bertie`` basset up the column there.
I wonder if his attitude will affect his chances of experiencing the delights of age?
Obviously no idea what things were like more than 12.7 years ago.
Maybe its just sour berries,cos we used to go up t` motorway at 120mph [lotsa Kph]
--no cameras;drink anywhere, smoke anywhere. speak freely. and photo anything.
and d`ya know if we hadn`t built things,drilled oilwells and put up LOTS OF SIGNS.
It would be a sh*ttyer place for``you lot``.
and in closing, grannys smell really awful when burnt and are very polluting,please do your ``green`` research properly.
PS are you the guy in that old granny-crossing-airbag video? by any chance
Blind leading the blind?
While driving last night, I noticed the sign in question with a plate under it saying "Blind people". I initially wondered whether the blind would be similarly offended  at the sight of the sign, before realising the fundamental flaw in that idea.
 Actually, it's not the elderly being offended, it's some 26 year old being offended on behalf of the elderly
Welcome careful drivers
Whenever I see a sign like "Craptown welcomes careful drivers" I always say "Tough shit, I'm coming through"