Trends in Care of the Aged

By Morris Zelditch

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1957

This piece explores trends in care of the aged in the Jewish community. In the early 1900s, the short life expectancy of the population and the small number of elderly meant that there was little attention and planning for the aged in the Jewish community beyond basic services. However, the recent and continuous growth in the population of elderly as well as changes in life expectancy have promoted new expectations on the community for social planning. The role of professionals in the community has changed as well. Volunteer doctors have been gradually giving way to paid physicians who provide services on a part- or full-time basis. Other noticeable trends include a rise in opportunities for placement of older workers, which has given Jewish vocational services new opportunities to craft services to support this population. The piece concludes by pushing for federations to undertake efforts to foster better economic and social conditions for the aged in concert with the noted trends.

Topic: Social Services, Communal Responsibility, Generational Issues, Elder Care, Social Planning, Health and Healing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 34/No. 1

Page Number(s): 126-140

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Zelditch, Morris. Trends in Care of the Aged. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1957: 126-140.


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