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January 16, 1960

Planning Homes for the Aged

JAMA. 1960;172(3):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030094035

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A study of the content of this book suggests that the title might better have been "Planning an Institution or Dormitory to Provide Housing and Sheltered Care for the Aged." The objective of all the contributors was to combine multiple housing with some degree of medical care for the residents. It was realized by one of the contributors that "as the number of residents in each unit increases, the possibility of retaining a homelike atmosphere decreases." The statement that the group aged 65 years and over is increasing at the rate of 2,000 a day is not substantiated by information from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. There is no doubt that the need for this type of an institution will vary in different parts of the country, but a nation-wide urgency is not proved. There is a great deal of repetition in discussion of the location of the

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