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November 10, 1962

AMA Committee on Aging Sums Up Its Work at Buffalo Meeting

JAMA. 1962;182(6):30. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050450120046

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Man's later years are not an isolated period of special illnesses and problems peculiar to those years alone. Instead, maintains the AMA Committee on Aging, they are simply the sum total of earlier years.

It was this reasoning that led the committee to change its name from the Committee on Geriatrics to Committee on Aging. It also is why the committee urges early preparation for the years over 65.

Current life expectancy tables indicate that the average fifth grader can now expect to live to be at least 72. These youngsters should begin now to prepare for their long lives, the committee said at its Conference on Aging Nov. 2-3 in Buffalo, N.Y.

To do this, young people should devote more thought and planning to the role he will play and the contributions he will make after retirement from his job.

"Today's student will need to be assisted in developing