A Drug Education Program for the Elderly

  • Robert E. Wetter


It appears that the focal group of the next few decades will be the elderly. Americans are increasingly becoming aware of the growing proportion of older persons in our population. Our society has witnessed the 50’s civil rights movement, the youth culture of the 60’s and the women’s rights movement of the 70’s. All indications are that the elderly will dominate the 1980’s. The emergence of such groups as the Grey Panthers, the National Council of Senior Citizens, the National Caucus of the Black Aged, and the American Association of Retired Persons reflects this trend. Parallelling the development of grey consciousness is a growing concern for what gerontologists call the “Quality of Life” for older persons. This concern grows out of the realization that an increase in life expectancy is not a blessing unless those years are characterized by a sense of meaning and fulfillment.


Medication Error Senior Citizen Nonprescription Drug Youth Culture Primary Mental Ability 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Wetter
    • 1
  1. 1.MED ReseachUniversity of KentuckyUSA

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