To the editor:
As an AARP volunteer for health services, the writer attended the conference sponsored by the BYU Department of Physical Education and the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on March 1 at the Harmon Building auditorium.Expecting an audience of older people, it was a surprise to see so many students attending, and it became apparent that this was more a business conference than a clinical one. The agenda addressed various types of physical facilities for the elderly and the opportunities available for job seekers.
Keynoter Cecil Samuelson, M.D., defined future problems the elderly population would present to society. He acknowledged that the age group over 65 would continue to swell until the year 2000 when it would be 25 percent of the citizens in this country, and that they would be living increasingly longer as time went by.
He felt there would be so many problems presented by this age group that families would have to take care of their own needs rather than expecting society to meet them all. "In medicine, we will be able to do many more things than ever before, but will be unable to render all the possible services because of overwhelming logistics; families are simply going to have to assume most responsibilities and care giving." He added an imperative, "Older people are going to have to organize for their own well-being."
On the other side of the spectrum, Kelly O. Dunshee, director of Human Resources Senior Living Services Marriott Corporation, displayed some grand concepts that are available to a target group of wealthy seniors who will pay up to $3,000 per month for splendid living "as long as they can remain pretty much independent of care-givers."
Undoubtedly, BYU student job-seekers profited more from this conference Eugene J. Faux