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October 12, 1957


Author Affiliations

Lansing, Mich.

Member of the Committee on Aging of the American Medical Association and Chief of the Section of Medicine, E. W. Sparrow Hospital.

JAMA. 1957;165(6):694-695. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.72980240008020

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In every community, whether large or small, there is an increasing number of people being looked upon as senior citizens. A generation or two ago this group was not so large. The small community odd jobs and farming activities took care of many of those who could work. The family philosophy of being responsible for their own took care of a large part of the remainder.

As a "problem" the oldster did not present the urgency that is thought to be there today. In a community which throbs along at the relentless rate set by an atomic age, there is little sympathy or feeling for one who allegedly cannot keep the pace. We who have conquered the atom have not solved the challenge of being able to live one with the other. We are adept at recognizing differences that permit us to set groups apart and at discussing their special

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