Aging in Minnesota by Arnold Rose

By Arnold Rose

Aging in Minnesota used to be first released in 1963.With a better than typical share of aged electorate, Minnesota is within the vanguard of social motion on their behalf. This booklet provides a accomplished survey of the aged in that nation and a close description of efforts to fulfill their problems.The booklet starts off with a quick heritage of the state’s recognition to the issues of outdated humans. It then describes the diversity of actions that have been motivated in 1959-1961 through arrangements for the White condo convention on getting older and, in later chapters, studies a few of these actions in larger aspect. the foremost innovating motion application used to be a group association attempt to aid the electorate of 5 rural counties adopt actions to enhance the stipulations of the getting older of their quarter. This social scan is suggested in full.A wealth of information in regards to the features of previous humans, helpful for any destiny making plans during this box, is gifted in statistical type. the information have been received via a worry of country govt workplace documents and during pattern interviews with previous folks. The statistical reports are illuminated through the ultimate, interpretive chapters. In on, an 80-year-old author, Aldena Carlson Thomason, tells what it truly is wish to become older. within the different, Arnold M. Rose and Bernard E. Nash outline the issues dealing with older humans, are expecting what the long run will carry, and recommend what extra social motion is needed.

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Many increased their friendly visits to persons in nursing homes as well as in private homes. More transportation was made available to those needing it. A picnic for the aged was held in Aitkin County; because of its success it was thereafter planned as an annual event. Christmas parties were held in several communities in Benton and Sherburne counties, resulting in the organization of clubs. The activities of the senior citizens' clubs have been varied: a birdhouse contest between the men and the women, planting a tree on Arbor Day in honor of the older people of the community but dedicated to the youth, picnics with several clubs uniting, Christmas caroling by the older people, safety-education programs, more visiting by older persons themselves, participation in community charity drives.

In the past two decades the numbers in the age groups from seventy on and especially between seventy-five and eighty-five have been increasing at a faster rate than the sixty-five through sixty-nine group. 5 per cent, and the eighty-five and over group increased 25 per cent. The trend in Minnesota has not been so spectacular as this national trend, but nevertheless there has been a marked difference in the rate of growth of the 40 An Inventory of Our Older Residents number of Minnesota residents past seventy-five and that of those sixty-five through seventy-four.

Over a thousand persons aided in the work without compensation, and at least four thousand others took part in the programs in some other way. If the monetary value of all the volunteer work and contributions in kind were counted, Minnesota's preparations for the White House Conference would have cost at least ten times the $15,000 made available by the federal government. The Council on Aging, under the chairmanship first of Mrs. Althea Atwater and then of Mrs. Walter W. Walker, devoted an increasing part of its time to considering reports of the Planning Committee and its sub-committees, and it set up a special sub-committee to nominate the Minnesota delegates to the White House Conference.

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