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August 6, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(14):1591-1599. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020320071023

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STATEMENT TO SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE ON H. R. 12580, 86TH CONGRESS  The problems of the aged and aging have been discussed and debated vigorously during this session of Congress, and considerable controversy has developed as to which of several legislative approaches should be taken to solve them.We are convinced that the approach taken in Title VI, as passed by the House of Representatives, is the proper one. But the problems which Congress is setting out to solve are both complex and difficult. It is therefore important, we think, to examine them thoroughly before getting down to the specifics of proposed legislative solutions.Despite the fact that old age is relative and based upon physiological changes, the Social Security Act has arbitrarily defined it on the basis of birthdays— 65 for a man, 62 for a woman.There are now some 15.5 million Americans over 65 who constitute living evidence

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