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May 17, 1965

You and Your Aging Parents

JAMA. 1965;192(7):649. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080200067039

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Elderly people create problems for themselves, the community, and their sons and daughters. Those who face the difficulties of caring for their parents often look to their physicians for advice. But most doctors, although trained to care for the health needs of the aged, are unprepared to solve the many other problems they present. Here is a book which should prove most valuable. Intended for lay readers, it can be confidently recommended to patients, and can also be read profitably by doctors.

The authors, a professional writer specializing in medical, psychiatric, and socio-welfare subjects, and a psychiatrist in the Public Health Service, have skillfully combined their knowledge and talents to make a very readable, sensible book. They point out that no single solution is correct for all the aged, and that no arrangement is entirely satisfactory. They recommend, when possible, that the elderly continue to live by themselves, and offer

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