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September 3, 1955

Housing the Aging

JAMA. 1955;159(1):90. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960180092032

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This book is a comprehensive and well-documented study and report on housing of the aged (everybody is aging). It is a cooperative effort of the university, the Michigan State Medical Society, the Housing and Home Finance Agency, and the Committee on Aging and Geriatrics of the Federal Security Agency. It recognizes and brings into focus the importance of the care of the aged in health and during illness. Prolonged illness in the aged is truly a catastrophic condition. The report is somewhat critical, and justly so, of the unwillingness of the general hospital to do its share in caring for this group. It brings out the fact that most of the aged are cared for in the home and reports on the limited number of groups devoted to the home care of these people. It also points up the dangers of accident to these people, not only in the home

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