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The aging person is very much an individual, and this Public Health Service guide to practice stresses the fact that evaluation of the person and his situation is necessary before making plans for him. It points out that people age at different rates, and in the introduction there is given this little-known fact: "Whistler's Mother, who epitomizes 'old age,' was 44 years of age when she sat for that famous painting." The elderly need "practitioners," and the "practitioner" is defined as anyone who directly administers to the needs of older people, such as a physician, a social worker, a nurse,
Working with Older People. A Guide to Practice.. Ann Intern Med. 1971;74:805. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-805_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):805.
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