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September 14, 1957

HEALTH MAINTENANCE FOR THE OLDSTER

Author Affiliations

Austin, Texas

Commissioner of Health, Texas State Department of Health.; Members of the Committee on Aging are Drs. H. B. Mulholland, Chairman, Charlottesville, Va.; Edward L. Bortz, Philadelphia; Henry A. Holle, Austin, Texas; Wingate M. Johnson, Winston-Salem, N. C.; Theodore G. Klumpp, New York; Frederick C. Swartz, Lansing, Mich.; and Cecil Wittson, Omaha. Committee Staff: Mr. George W. Cooley, Secretary, and Mr. Herbert B. Norton, Research Assistant.

JAMA. 1957;165(2):164-166. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980200008014

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Abstract

The immediate past-president of the American Medical Association, Dr. Dwight H. Murray, in his address in Chicago last year said: "I sincerely believe that it is Nature's plan that we remain physically and mentally alert to the end of our days." Surely there are none who would dispute the desirability of such a favorable outlook for the future.

It is evident that as time goes on people will live longer. But it is not enough to live so that one might be enabled to wait for death. Life should provide such priceless ingredients as physical and mental health and well-being—the will to live. During the Federal-State Conference on Aging in Washington, D. C., in June 1956, it was stated that the Council of State Governments had compiled a "Bill of Objectives for Older People."

This list included such items as physical and mental health, including rehabilitation; equal opportunity to work;

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