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January 2, 1954

Recreation for the Aging

JAMA. 1954;154(1):98. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350100042

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Prepared for the National Recreation Association, this well-written volume is a practical planning guide for those interested in recreational programs for older groups. It draws extensively from successful programs in action throughout the country and reveals thereby that an amazing number and variety of excellent, organized recreational group activities for the elderly are already in operation. The point of view and approach to the subject is sound in the light of presentday thinking. For instance, the author writes, "Inactivity is bad for the aging. The rest cure for old age has been discredited in favor of stimulating and vigorous activity suited to the capacities of the individual. If mental and physical deterioration is to be avoided, new interests and new goals must be found or old interests and aspirations rediscovered.... Recreation provides many opportunities for new personal contacts through which older folks can find escape from loneliness...." Throughout the volume

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