In American society, the aged are often seen as worthless and as a result are asked to wait unobtrusively to die. However, treating aging as a disease is cruel, as especially as modern medicines continue to elongate life without providing adequate care for the increasing number of aged. Facilities such as Wel-Met Camp can address this problem by engaging seniors in educational and creative programs, by giving them opportunities to discuss their aging, and by connecting old people with young people in facilitated dialogue groups. Single rooms, a beautiful location, and affirmed autonomy work physical and mental wonders, and workers with the aged around the country could learn from these models how to respect and value the elderly.
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Salmon, Robert. The Group Experience for the Aged of Today. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1970: