A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 2, 1975

The reporting for this week's cover story on the aged in the U.S.

began with the widely publicized revelations about scandalous condi tions in nursing homes across the country. But Senior Editor Martin Goldman, who directed the project, felt that TIME'S story should "go beyond exposes of death camps for the elderly" and explore more broadly how older citizens are— and should be— helped in mid-1970s America. To that end, TIME correspondents not only visited nursing homes, good and bad, but toured other enclaves for the aged, from elegant "retirement villages" in Florida to the...

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