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Senior Citizen Volunteers Untapped Resource for Science

Cheryl M. Montefusco, PhD; Frank J. Veith, MD
JAMA. 1981;246(9):937-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320090013009.
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To the Editor.—  The increasing population of senior citizens is currently viewed by our political structure as a cultural and financial liability, a burden that we are obliged to carry. Instead, these senior citizens represent an untapped national resource from which both cultural and financial dividends are obtainable. We have recognized one area in which senior citizens are able to play an important and otherwise unfulfilled role.Three years ago, the Experimental Lung Transplant Laboratory Group in conjunction with the Department of Volunteer Services at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY) became aware of the senior citizen as a resource and thereby recognized a potential solution to the rapidly shrinking value of the available research dollar. As a result of this awareness, six senior citizen volunteers have joined our staff and regularly perform a wide range of duties. In our laboratories, a retired dentist has designed


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