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December 19, 1953

Group Work with the Aged

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By Susan H. Kubie and Gertrude Landau. Cloth. $3.50. Pp. 214. International Universities Press, Inc., 227 W. 13th St., New York 11, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1494. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330078037

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This book is an account of experiences in organizing and working in a recreational day center for the aged. The setting described is the William Hodson Community Center, a unit of the Department of Welfare of New York City. It was started nine years ago as a pioneering experiment in social welfare. From an uncertain beginning, the project has grown in stature and significance and now may well serve as a model for the many similar units that are springing up throughout the country. The authors point out that one of the major problems of the aged is their progressive isolation from the community and friendly human contacts. Centers such as the one described are designed to meet to some extent the human need for social living. By means of the illustrative cases and excerpts from what must have been a daily diary, the authors succeed in bringing the reader

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