THIS volume now makes available to the many interested people records of the first serious effort to understand the effect in general and in detail of the present compulsory age retirement program upon the lives of individuals and upon the responsibilities of communities and the nation.
The sudden realization that efforts to treat disease or to eradicate it were so successful as to extend materially the span of life has presented to the nation a problem of extreme importance dealing with population pressures.
What shall be done with the increasing numbers of people in the older age brackets? For their situation is peculiarly different from that of any other groups and in its magnitude presents what is indeed a serious crisis.
The first national and international conferences occurred in the last two years. They dealt with the general topic of The Problems of Older People. It was quite apparent that these problems covered a wide range of needs and led into many related ramifications.
To welfare circles the individual cases presented nothing new. Their interest and active efforts have existed for the many years in which they have come face to face with the needs in their daily contacts.
Let no one think for a moment that this is alone a problem of the indigent. It is now apparent that few families will escape the questions of providing for aging members in terms of actual living, of where and how, regardless of whether they have adequate funds or not. Then, too, one must keep in mind that the planning of com- munity welfare on a level of general good and improvement is