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A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A STUDY OF THE
PROBLEMS OF THE AGED AND AGING
MARCH 28, 1961.-Ordered to be printed
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1961
A 49 196524068
COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC WELFARE
LISTER HILI., Alabama, Chairman PAT MCNAMARA, Michigan
BARRY GOLDWATER, Arizona WAYNE MORSE, Oregon
EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois RALPH YARBOROUGH, Texas
CLIFFORD P. CASE, New Jersey
JACOB K. JAVITS, New York
STEWART E. MCCLURE, Chief Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON PROBLEMS OF THE AGED AND AGING
PAT MCNAMARA, Michigan, Choirman JOSEPH 8. CLARK, Pennsylvania
EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia
SIDNEY SPECTOR, Staff Director
RAYMOND D. HURLEY, Associate Minority Counsel
LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
January 27, 1961. Hon. LISTER HILL, Chairman, Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I have the honor of submitting to you the second report of the Subcommittee on Problems of the Aged and Aging, in accordance with Senate Resolution 266, adopted March 24, 1960, authorizing the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare to "examine, investigate and make a complete study of * * * the problems of the aging."
The present report summarizes the work of the subcommittee in translating studies and reports into legislative action and sets forth the results of subcommittee studies in a number of areas not covered in its first report. A brief outline of the areas covered follows:
(1) A summary of the bills introduced by members of the subcommittee in 1960, their disposition and our recommendations for their consideration in 1961.
(2) A detailed, updated analysis of the facts relating to medical insurance for all retired aged-our No. 1 legislative objective.
(3) A careful presentation of the latest data on income and assets of older persons.
(4) A statement of the need for a major investment in research in the field of aging as our best hope of further lengthening productive life and preventing deterioration. This was based in part on 2 days of a seminar-type discussion with some of the Nation's best researchers in the medical-biological and social sciences.
(5) An analysis of ways and means to make life in retirement productive and enjoyable in an age when 12 million people over 65 are no longer employed at all and the figure can be expected to rise to 20 million in the next generation.
(6) An evaluation of how well the Federal Government is organized to meet the problems of an increasingly aging population.
One of the crucial lessons we have learned is that the problems of older persons are not contained within a narrow subject-matter compass, but cut across most of the areas of governmental and legislative responsibility. The nature of the problem, today, its future growth and complexity, and its interrelationships are of such importance that we have recommended the creation of a Special Committee of the Senate on Aging for a coordinated view of the total problem.
I want to express my appreciation of your excellent cooperation and that of your staff members in the work of this subcommittee. It was of immense assistance in the preparation of our hearings, studies, seminars and of this report. Sincerely,
Pat McNAMARA, Chairman, Subcommittee on Problems of the Aged and Aging.
Text of bills.