The Bureau for the Aged of the Welfare Council of New York City analyzed the information concerning 1,935 applications to the bureau during two and one-half years beginning May 1, 1939 as the basis of this study. Old age is not a single simple condition but a climax of many complications, physical, mental, economical, personal and social.
The total population of New York City increased only 7.6 per cent in the decade following 1930, but the number of persons aged 65 and over increased 56.7 per cent. Possibly this disproportion in growth is in part responsible for the fact that provisions for the aged were found so highly deficient. Waiting lists of homes for the aged were so long that applicants were often required to wait years at a period when life expectancy is short. The problems not only of the 58.1 per cent who were financially dependent but also