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In April 1956, the President established the Federal Council on Aging, comprising representatives from the Department of Agriculture, the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Housing and Home Finance Agency, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, National Science Foundation, Office of Defense Mobilization, Small Business Administration, Department of the Treasury, and the Veterans' Administration.

One of the first actions of the Federal Council was to join with the Council of State Governments in calling another Federal-State Conference on Aging. Document No. 2 in this volume (p. 49) is an account of this Conference which was held in Washington, D. C. on June 5–7, 1956. In preparation for the Conference the Federal Council on Aging prepared a descriptive inventory of existing programs of the Federal Government for the benefit of older persons (document No. 3 of this volume, p. 111). The Council of State Governments also prepared for use of the Conference a survey of the organization and activities of the official State groups on aging (document No. 6 in this volume, 191) and a summary of recommendations on problems of the aging compiled from reports of these State agencies (document No. 7 in this volume, p. 275).

The seven documents in this volume indicate the scope of the problems facing older people in modern America. Subsequent volumes in the series will provide basic documentary material on some of the most important of these problems.

CONTENTS

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1. Report of the Conference of State Commissions on Aging and Federal

Agencies, September 8–10, 1952. Published by Committee on Aging

and Geriatrics, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare--

2. Federal-State Conference on Aging, June 5, 6, 7, 1956: The Council

of State Governments and the Federal Council on Aging--

3. Programs of the Federal Government for the benefit of older persons --

A descriptive inventory of activities in departments and agencies.

The Federal Council on Aging, 1956.

4. Federal responsibilities in the field of aging--

A letter from President Eisenhower to Hon. H. Alexander Smith,

United States Senator from New Jersey, and a summary of recent

and proposed_actions of the Federal Government affecting older

persons, The Federal Council on Aging, 1956.

5. A bill of objectives for older people and a program for action in the

field of aging -

From the States and Their Older Citizens: A report to the gover-

nors' conference, August 1955, a summary of the problem of aging
in America and a program of action for the States. The Council

of State Governments, Chicago, Ill., August, 1955.

6. The States and their programs in aging---

A descriptive survey of the organization and activities of the

official State groups on aging. Committee on Aging, United

States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1956.

7. Recommended State action for the aging and aged.

A summary of recommendations on problems of the aging as

compiled from reports of State agencies. The Councli of rtate

Governments, Chicago, Ill., 1956.

8. Index..

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REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE OF STATE COMMISSIONS ON

AGING AND FEDERAL AGENCIES

SEPTEMBER 8-10, 1952

COMMITTEE ON AGING AND GERIATRICS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE

WASHINGTON 25, D. C.

APRIL 1953

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