Aging in Semi-Protected Environment: An Interview Study of Twenty-Five "Campus" Residents at Kundig Center, a Multi-Service Agency of the Archdiocese of Detroit, 1956
In 1950 Bernard M. Baruch was asked to comment on the events of greatest significance during the first half of the Twentieth Century. He could have pointed to the advances in travel which lifted man out of the surrey into the cockpit of a supersonic plane. He could have mentioned great technological strides in the sciences. He could have deplored the destructive power of globe warfare, underlined the sorrow of economic depression or rejoiced in the material comforts concomitant with unequalled prosperity. Baruch, however, passed over these with the objectivity of a sage and the maturity of a philosopher. Instead he pointed to the increase of man*s life span by eighteen years within a period of fifty years as having more staggering social, medical and economic implications than such things as atomic power, communication and air transportation. To lengthen man’s days on earth by nearly a score of years is to increase the number of challenges for individuals, families and the community. Within fifty years, the number of older people has quadrupled while the total population has only doubled. Politicians, legislators, economists and social scientists continually remind the nation of the increasing problems of the aging by bombarding us with figures pregnant with meaning. Numbered among the facts we face is the reminder that by 1980 a quarter of the voters will be over sixty years of age. While we may be shocked by the information, it is good to recall that the problems of the aging were known long before they were publicly voiced.
Monticello, Robert V, "Aging in Semi-Protected Environment: An Interview Study of Twenty-Five "Campus" Residents at Kundig Center, a Multi-Service Agency of the Archdiocese of Detroit, 1956" (1957). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509561.