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Aging in Minnesota

Aging in Minnesota

EDITED BY Arnold M. Rose
Copyright Date: 1963
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 336
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    Aging in Minnesota
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    Aging in Minnesota was first published in 1963. With a higher than average proportion of elderly citizens, Minnesota is in the forefront of social action on their behalf. This book presents a comprehensive survey of the elderly in that state and a detailed description of efforts to meet their problems. The book begins with a brief history of the state’s attention to the problems of old people. It then describes the range of activities which were stimulated in 1959-1961 by preparations for the White House Conference on Aging and, in later chapters, reports some of these activities in greater detail. The major innovating action program was a community organization effort to help the citizens of five rural counties undertake activities to improve the conditions of the aging in their area. This social experiment is reported in full. A wealth of data about the characteristics of old people, valuable for any future planning in this field, is presented in statistical fashion. The data were obtained through a complication of state government office records and through sample interviews with old persons. The statistical studies are illuminated by the final, interpretive chapters. In on, an 80-year-old writer, Aldena Carlson Thomason, tells what it is like to grow old. In the other, Arnold M. Rose and Bernard E. Nash define the problems facing older people, predict what the future will bring, and suggest what further social action is needed.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6424-5
    Subjects: Psychology

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-x)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  3. Aging in Retrospect
    (pp. 1-11)

    Minnesota cannot lay claim to having awakened our nation to the challenges facing seventeen million older citizens, but it is justifiably proud of the sparks it has added to the fire of concern and activity presently growing throughout our land. Obviously, the “aging movement” and the social problems of today are not unique products of this generation. Today’s efforts are built upon the foundations laid by earlier generations.

    Informed leaders predict that the decade of the sixties will be an era of action on behalf of the aging. Most of us agree that government alone cannot legislate programs which will...

  4. Activities in Preparation for the White House Conference
    (pp. 12-20)

    Almost immediately after the passage of the Fogarty Act (Public Law 85-908) by Congress in August 1958, and before Congress had appropriated funds to implement the act or the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare had set up specifications for participation under the act, some members of the Minnesota Governor’s Citizens Council on Aging started to plan for Minnesota’s participation. Drawing upon previous experience with Council activities, they realized that the preparations for the White House Conference would have more long-range implications for Minnesota’s aging population than the conference itself. The conference would simply provide the stimulus to...

  5. The Five-County Demonstration Project
    (pp. 21-33)

    When, in the summer of 1959, Minnesota — along with all the other states — received a grant from the federal government to prepare for the White House Conference on Aging, the Minnesota Planning Committee for the Conference decided to use a major part of this grant to establish a demonstration project on organizing community services for the aging. This project, limited to five predominantly rural counties, extended from September 1, 1959, to September 1, 1960. One staff member experienced in community organization was to develop volunteer programs, provide consultation to any group or agency upon request, and record the...

  6. An Inventory of Our Older Residents
    (pp. 34-72)

    As part of the activity of this state in the 1961 White House Conference on Aging, the White House Conference Planning Committee prepared two factbooks,Minnesota’s Aging Citizens, A County by County Statistical ReportandInter-County Comparison Statistical Supplement. These documents present selected statistical facts about the aging population of each of the eighty-seven counties of the state. This chapter is a summary of the material reported in the county factbooks and it also relates the county data to state averages, calling attention to the major variations among the counties. The data came from existing official sources rather than from...

  7. Seventeen Hundred Elderly Citizens
    (pp. 73-181)

    The general purpose of this chapter is to increase knowledge and understanding about the later years of life as reported by seventeen hundred elderly citizens of Minnesota. Comparisons among different subgroups vividly illustrate marked variations in patterns of living, needs, and resources. People living in rural, urban, and metropolitan residences are contrasted with each other, and throughout this chapter those in institutions and those in other living arrangements in the community are compared. A special section brings out some of the situational and adjustment differences between elderly men and elderly women.

    We offer some theories and interpretations as plausible explanations...

  8. We Who Are Elderly
    (pp. 182-298)

    Let’s be our age. As has already been evident in the title, this chapter is primarily by and for those of us who, despite modern admonitions to “keep young,” are willing to admit our age. To the term “elderly” we have no objection. We might not wish to be called “old,” since that term seems more fitting for shoes and houses, and we might object to being labeled “aged,” especially when pronounced as one syllable, which had better be reserved for wine and cheese. “Ancient,” of course, refers to history and what else has to do with the remote past,...

  9. Aging in the Future
    (pp. 299-310)

    This volume has thus far presented the facts about older people in Minnesota — their characteristics, the conditions under which they live, their views of themselves and their problems, and what has been done to solve these problems. In this last brief chapter, we turn somewhat from the facts to speculate about the future of older people in the state and their needs. This speculation arises partly out of our knowledge of trends, but also partly out of our evaluation of needs. If the projection of trends into the future is hazardous, evaluating them is even more so, and thus...

    (pp. 313-316)
  11. Index
    (pp. 317-320)