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Medical News
July 6, 1964

Growing Older Can Be 'Murder' for Many Women; Husband, Wife Should Plan Ahead for Retirement

JAMA. 1964;189(1):A37. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070010097050

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Abstract

Having her husband around the house all day not only disrupts the housewife's daily routine, but often frustrates her to the point of physical and emotional illness.

This is part of the syndrome common to women in their 60's who suddenly find their husbands at home instead of at the office, according to John F. Briggs, MD, St. Paul.

Prevention of the condition he calls the "Ired Wife in Retired Life" is far better than cure, Briggs told delegates at the AMA Convention. The husband should begin to plan his retirement program five or six years in advance. He and his wife should decide where to live, determine how much income will be available, and outline their future years as best they can.

Both must be able to recognize problems of retirement and prepare to face them realistically. The husband must realize he need not become maternally dependent; he must

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