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Sometimes their personal habits become slovenly, or even dirty, and their moods may be either of the deepest depression, or euphoric almost to mania. People who were once kind and rational may become selfish and given to antisocial acts, going so far as stealing or disorderly conduct. The loss of sexual powers may result in peculiar sexual behaviour. For growing numbers, old age means mental breakdown with little hope of recovery, For every old person in the United States fifty years ago, there are four today; but for every old person in a mental hospital then, there are nine today.

Only half of all the employed people between sixty-five and seventy work full-time, and in the past twenty years, more and more people retire in their sixties, mainly in order to fulfil the requirements of a pension scheme, or because their employers no longer want them. Many who are in occupations such as teaching, local government, or other kinds of brain-work, for which they are still suited, could still carry on, if at a slower pace than previously. At least one out of three would like to return to work, but this would require the co-operation of employers in adjusting the work to suit the changing capacity of the worker.

People have lived in groups, with wives and children commonly owned; sometimes the line of descent has been traced through the mother, and the man's part in creating children has not even been recognized. More often the SEX CAN CAUSE TROUBLE 31 dominant sex has been the male. The single family unit is only one of many ways of living together; but recent changes in societies which have practised it for generations have been so drastic that members of some families have become seriously disturbed and mentally ill.

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