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People in this country are living longer because of better nutrition, better health practices and better medical technologies. In the late 1700's, 2 percent of the population of the United States, or about 50, 000 persons, were 65 years of age or older. In 1900, 4 percent, or about 3.1 million persons were older Americans, and in 1980, the census revealed that there were more than. 11 percent, or about 25.5 million persons 65 years old or older. By 1982, that number had already increased to 26.6 million. The number of older persons has shown a net increase of 1600 per day, or about 600, 000 per year (Select Committee on Aging, 1982). It has been projected that by the year 2000, there will be 32 million older persons, a number that will be about 13 percent of our total population. (Glass & Grant, 1983).

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Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Robert T. Lembke


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