BY THEODORE KLUMPP, M.D.
President, Winthrop Stearns, Inc. Chairman, Conference Planning Committee
An address delivered at the closing session of the National Conference on Retirement
WE have been meeting for two and a half days considering problems of retirement. First of all, it is clear that there is a problem or we wouldn't be here. You wouldn't have taken the time and trouble to come, if you hadn't thought there was something unsolved about the whole thing.
In another very real sense, our coming together here at Arden House is to embrace an opportunity. So far as I am aware, no one here has an obligation, duty, or responsibility to solve a problem. We are here because we are voluntarily interested in the welfare of our fellow man and the future of our country, and what happens to both when together they grow older, as inevitably they must. Perhaps we think too often of problems and not enough in terms of opportunities. As I see it, we have found both a problem and, I am confident, an opportunity to do something about it. It was Winston Churchill, I think, who said, "The way a nation treats its older people is the real test of its civilization."
The fact that you are here holds another deep significance that is