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September 30, 1950

Older People and the Church

JAMA. 1950;144(5):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920050075043

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The more one thinks about it the more one realizes that there is more than slight justification for the statement made recently by an outstanding clergyman of Columbus, Ohio: "The church is the one institution that serves the individual throughout his lifetime... it gives him continuous guidance through all the choices and stages of life." Certainly the church within recent years has shown considerable concern about older citizens. A number of churches—of all denominations and in different kinds of communities—across our land—have addressed themselves seriously to this question and have evolved commendable technics. Not only the technics, but the concern which prompted them, deserve commendation at this time when an increasing proportion of the population consists of older people.

This book, sponsored by the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, is further evidence of this concern and of a serious intention on the part of the church to

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