A Study of Old Age Beneficiaries, Chronically Ill, Receiving Care in Nursing Homes in 1948 Division of Public Assistance, Hartford, Connecticut
Background and Timeliness of the Study. Old age is commonly dreaded today because it preindicates the end of life and is usually accompanied by illness, Because ill health so frequently attends it, old age is commonly confused with illness and more specifically with chronic illness. Chronic illness has been defined by Dr. Edward S. Rogers as "a disease that may be expected to require an extended period of medical supervision and/or hospital, institutional, nursing or supervisory care." Chronic illness, though not synonymous with old age, is becoming an increasing problem among the aged. Recognition of the growing importance of the medical and social problems of the chronically ill, aged and infirm has resulted during the past two decades in widespread interest, study and research in an effort to ameliorate the situation of one of the most neglected groups in our society. The initial stimulus to some form of action in the field of the chronically ill and infirm was the lack of facilities for the care of this group in almost every section of the country. Along with lack of adequate hospitals, nursing homes and other measures for caring for this group of the population, there was the financial strain on communities to pay for this care.
Social work|Social research|Nursing|Gerontology
Loiacono, Lorraine Rose, "A Study of Old Age Beneficiaries, Chronically Ill, Receiving Care in Nursing Homes in 1948 Division of Public Assistance, Hartford, Connecticut" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725074.