Criteria for Retirement: A Report of a National Conference on Retirement of Older Workers Held at Arden House, Harriman Campus of Columbia University, January 24-26, 1952

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INTRODUCTION

By the Chairman of the National Committee on the Aging

THE National Social Welfare Assembly is proud to have been one of the sponsors of the first National Conference on Retirement. For a number of years, the Assembly has been aware of the social needs of the older members of our population. This interest took tangible form in the National Committee on the Aging, organized under Assembly auspices in 1950.

The Assembly operates under the definition of social welfare in its broadest sense as the well-being of all people. Its purpose is to provide facilities for all those concerned to consider social issues and to plan for action if any action seems desirable. It is a partnership of interests: governmental and non-governmental, lay and professional--national and local.

It is dedicated to the principle that planning should be done voluntarily, under non-governmental auspices, at the same time recognizing the importance of participation by government agencies. It is not a political pressure group, nor does the Assembly itself promote specific legislation. It does, however, attempt through forum discussion, publication of material, or other appropriate means, to acquaint its membership and other interested persons with factual information on social questions, legislative or otherwise.

In sponsoring the National Conference on Retirement with the McGregor Fund, the National Social Welfare Assembly was prompted by the opinion of the leadership in the National Committee on the Aging that maintaining income is one of the major

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