Mead - Chapter 13
During President Lyndon B. Johnson's promotion of his "Great Society,"
he succeeded in focusing the attention of the American nation on
meeting a host of pressing human needs, including those related to the
aging of the national population. This selection is a testimony that
Mead gave in early March, 1968, before a special U.S. Senate
Subcommittee on Aging.1 It gives us a glimpse into the genuine esteem
in which she was held by the participating senators.
Mead's testimony is comprehensive and richly rooted in her
anthropological experience and knowledge. It is also fully consistent
with the general spirit of the Great Society program. She urges various
changes in existing laws or government programs, so that elderly
Americans could continue to live satisfying and socially useful lives
until the end of their days.