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This book is the result of four years' work by the Community Project for the Aged, carried out under the sponsorship of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago and financed by the Wieboldt Foundation. It is an exhaustive discussion of the various possible services for the aged that communities can engage in, including community education, attacks on employment and retirement problems, nursing and home services, health services, recreation and education, case work, and counseling. In the field of health, the authors point out that factors such as low income, isolation, poor housing, and emotional distress hinder medical treatment and retard convalescence in older persons. The high prevalence of chronic illness among them, the lack of facilities for providing long-term care, and the lack of money to pay for use of such facilities continue to make the health problems of the aged largely those of providing for chronic disease. The basic
Community Services for Older People: The Chicago Plan.. JAMA. 1952;150(10):1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680100099051