How shall we best take care of the aged? is a question frequently heard in recent years in the United States. The increase in longevity, company rules forcing retirement, and changing family habits have brought about conditions which did not exist previously. National and state governments, welfare agencies, and individuals are doing much to provide financial aid, congenial surroundings, and care for the elderly; but these efforts are meeting with varying degrees of success, and much yet remains to be done.

However, in the year 1875 there were presented to mankind invariable, divine rules for meeting the needs of all men, of all ages and races. These rules are found in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. When properly applied, these rules have proved efficacious in delivering men from difficulties of every kind, whether physical, moral, financial, or social. The basic truth underlying these rules is that God is infinite good and that He has made man in His image and likeness, spiritual and perfect, and maintains him in that state perpetually.

Christian Science solves the particular problems relating to age by revealing the true sense of man as the image of God. Science declares that man is never born into matter and never goes from a period of adolescence to maturity and then declines into a state of decay and helplessness. Our Leader states in the textbook (p. 244): "Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable, nor a migratory mind. He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the immortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil."

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October 24, 1959

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