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February 2, 1957

Five Hundred over Sixty: A Community Survey on Aging

JAMA. 1957;163(5):405. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400077029

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This book is a comprehensive report of an extensive investigation of 500 elderly persons living in an urban community. The group making this survey believed that the best way to find the answers was to ask older people personally and individually what their problems were. The study sought to answer three questions: 1. What social and cultural factors facilitate adjustment to aging? 2. What kinds of people successfully adjust themselves to aging? 3. What forms should be taken by programs designed to serve the needs of the aged? There are sections on patterns of adjustment that are concerned with marriage, employment, morale, and such important factors as motivation and isolation, with reference to the everyday life of these persons. A section is devoted to health, with investigation into the problem of the prevailing community health services and how well they were utilized by this group. Of particular interest are the

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