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November 10, 1956

ASPECTS OF REHABILITATION OF THE AGED

JAMA. 1956;162(11):1036-1038. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970280016006
Abstract

• The aged and the chronically ill are a group who sorely need help. Ten years of experience and visits to more than 200 institutions strengthen the conviction that there are great possibilities for improvement of health and morale in this group. Physical medicine has contributed greatly to their restoration, but the physiatrist must bring into conjunctive action the skills of his colleagues in all other specialties as well as the necessary ancillary services of social workers, therapists, recreation workers, aides, and nurses. Institutional care is often necessary, but home care has many advantages. The physician with the help of the visiting nurse can sometimes keep a family from going to pieces when illness strikes, and upon the general practitioner falls the most important emphasis in the problem of helping the patient to maintain himself in familiar surroundings.

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