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August 9, 1952

You and Your Aging Parents

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By Edith M. Stern and Mable Ross, M.D., Director, Prince Georges County Mental Health Clinic in Maryland. Cloth. $2.75. Pp. 212. A. A. Wyn, Publisher, 23 W. 47th St., New York 19, 1952.

JAMA. 1952;149(15):1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930320068028

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One of the most important dividends of disease control by medical science is the prolongation of lives. Numerically, older citizens are increasing. Accordingly, many problems are confronting the medical profession. Not the least of these is the care of elderly parents. Questions concerning their relationship to their children, living quarters, physical care, and routine living are often the responsibility of their children.

This book discusses, in readable style, over 100 real-life histories that describe situations likely to appear. The book is written particularly for the children. It should be kept in mind that many elderly parents are capable of managing their own affairs; they cannot be classified as problem oldsters; and, as far as possible, they should guide their own destinies.

All too frequently, time brings about diminished resources. These situations are discussed in five sections: (1) the challenge of aging parents, (2) their living apart from their children, (3)

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