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C. J. F. W. F. Gets $79,680 U.S. Grant to Continue Study of Senile Aged

The Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds has received a grant of $79,680 from the National Institute of Mental Health to be used for a second year of study on the treatment and prevention of mental impairment among the aged, it was announced today by Irving W. Rabb of Boston.

Mr. Rabb, who is the CJFWF advisory committee chairman for the study, noted that the grant represents approximately one-third of the government’s overall financing for the three-year project. The study is to be completed on May 31, 1967 at a cost of $224,640, he said. Reporting on the completion of the first year of the research program, he pointed out that the study is the first nationwide effort to explore the nature of mental disturbance and deterioration–popularly known as senility–among the elderly in Jewish and non-Jewish homes for the aged.

The project is being conducted by a team of research investigators who will examine existing treatment, prevention and administrative practices in an effort to ascertain specifically how current programs are succeeding–or failing–to meet the needs of the senile and disturbed aged. The investigators thus far have completed organizational and first research phases of the study, which will involve a sample selected from the 4,000 voluntary homes for the aged, Mr. Rabb reported. He emphasized that the results of the study are expected to provide a sounder basis for treating and preventing senility and related areas of concern.

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