The number of "senior citizens" in the United States has been increasing steadily for many years. It is only recently, however, that the results of this increase have been felt with sufficient force to gain wide public attention. Now, with comparative suddenness, the extent of the changes that have occurred in the population and their implications for the future are being recognized. The pressure of the large number of elderly people in need of physical care and financial assistance is being felt not only by the older people and their families; it is encountered almost daily by doctors, hospitals, public health and welfare organizations, and by the taxpayers throughout the country who must pay a substantial part of the increasing cost of maintaining public assistance programs and institutions for the support and care of older people.
The time has passed when special emphasis was needed to make professional groups and
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