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October 5, 1957

HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE AGINGA CHALLENGE TO PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

JAMA. 1957;165(5):440-443. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980230010003
Abstract

The concepts of prevention must be applied to the problem of extending the period of complete physical, mental, and social well-being as far as possible into old age. The goals should be to prevent the inception of disease and injury, to retard the progression of disease, to mitigate the effects of aging and disease, and to reduce the social and economic burdens of disability in the aging. Many chronic diseases give ample warning, but if screening programs are to succeed there must be cooperation between medical organizations and other community groups. Improvement of nursing home care is urgently needed. Many old people can be transformed into healthier, happier persons by simple attention to eyes, ears, feet, and teeth. Vigorous restorative treatment has often rehabilitated apparently hopeless handicapped people. Preventive medicine has an important role to play in raising the standards of health for old people.

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