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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Friends for Rivers New Texas June Pages Prosit To Your Health Friends for Rivers column debuts Incontinence unpublieized problem EDITORS NOTE Friends for Rivers is the name of an organization promoting qualitative use of outrivets and Periodic columns by members of the organiza tion will appear in this newspaper as a public Friends working for the future of our Title of this newly featured column and the staled purpose and goal of a growing number of Comal Counlv residents is Kriends for We hope that reading this new column will familiarize you with our goals and activities and inspire you to take an active part in our preservation As Rudyard Kipling put If there is magic in the it is found in New Braunfels is blessed with a proud pioneer a touch of old world and a double dose of Kiplings magic in the sparkling water of the Comal and Guadalupe The same enchanting magic that attracted Indian Spanish a European prince and rug ged early Texicans is still alive and well and apparent ly more captivating than ever as those familiar with the weekend scene at Gruene crossing can It is our belief that education and conservation are the keys to preserving the magic and Friends for Rivers has been formed to promote balance between the conservation and use of our Each column will address different areas of concern and the goals and activities and fundraising Members of Friends for Rivers will contribute to the writing of these articles as part of our ongoing education We will highlight members to allow community members to get to know their neighbors This weeks article is submitted jointly by Betty Walls and Lewis Betty Walls has been putting people and rivers together for 15 As an outdoor specialist and owner of Texas Canoe she is concerned about the conservation of our She has served the last four years as chairman of the Comal County Legislative Culmination of that effort has resulted in the passage of House Bill the Park District Her grassroots lobbying efforts keep her abreast of statewide Conservation Walls is also currently the chairman of the Keep Texas Beautiful campaign in Comal She is presidentelect and membership chairman and is available to speak to civic groups about the efforts of Friends for Call 6250662 or 6253375 for more in Lewis Elliott is a local resident with an innate con cern for the natural Instrumental in the creation of the Friends for Rivers brochure and continues to lend his journalism and editing expertise to our ongoing public relations Thanks to Lew for his most valuable contributions and His devotion to fishing and boating allows him to monitor Ihe river on a regular basis his During the past Walls and fellow river friends gathering information for the countys entry in theKeep Texas Beautiful New Braunfels has received a Proud Partner certificate for the 1987 participation in that The Keep Texas Beautiful with Texas First Lady Rita Clements as awarded to eight top cities that set the standard in solv ing Texas Utter Winning cities were Waco and Facing rnillionayear cleanup tab on its the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation in 1985 signed on Keep Texas Beautiful which has sponsored the Governors Award since 1967 as the grassroots element of the Dont Mess With Texas Visiting Nurse Association offers home health classes Visiling Nurse Association of San Antonio is sponsoring a HomemakerHome Health Aide certification course in New Braunfels and scheduled to begin June 15 at Pauls Lutheran Church Senior Life 181 Sanla Training is to include units con cerning the role of the homemakerhome health aide in giving care to patients of all working with people and a prac tical knowledge of skills in home management and personal The course comprises 160 hours and is being offered at no Anyone interested in obtaining this certification must be 18 years of able to write and speak perform simple mathematical equations using three figures and be bale to attend class three twice a Applications are available at the Community Service Center and McKenna Memorial Applicants are urged to submit applications as soon as possible and stale preference for class aftgernoon or Anyone needing an application or more information also can call 6259191 at the Service Life or call Margaret Knodell at the VNA at venereal child abuse and condoms have been unmentionables in years and generalions There have even been taboos about discussing cancer and But these restraints have been overwhelmed by the medical need lo get information some people still snicker about the important medical problem of urinary or leakage Parts of Ihe media still refuse to discuss Thats a shame because incontinent people need not something can be done about the pro More than 12 million people in the United Slales are In For their incontinence becomes a pro blem lhal lakes precedence over all of their Urinary in brings about the institu tionalization of millions of senior Only mental deterioration ranks higher as a reason for moving older men and women from a family home to a nursing In these nursing more than half the patients over Outside the nursing home 17 percent of elderly men and 37 percent of older women have an in continence The incontinent too often are silent and resigned to Ihe Too many of them embrace the rnylh that in continence and the aging process arc inevitable One result is that only orie incontinent man or woman in 12 seeks medical they feel medicine has nothing to In the medical profession can often Incontinence is no more a normal part of aging than is chest pain or Neil Resnick of the Harvard Medical School told a national conference sponsored by the Food and Drug There may be an obstruction in the urethra tube that needs There may be abnormality in the sphincter muscle or the bladder Incontinence can result from something as common as chronic particularly if the stool is impacted It may occur after a hysterectomy or after rectal or lower intestinal Obesity or childbirth also can Other causes include drug side ef multiple spinal cord Parkinsons or Alzheimers disease and birth defects 80 lo 90 percent of children born with spina bifida are Resnick slrongiy advises people Iroubled by in conlinence lo lalk lo their He said to tell the physi cian what is physically happening so lhal a prompt and correct diagnosis can be made and treatment options can be A visit to a specialist might later be Early diagnosis and treatment can be lifesaving when the incontinence is the first sign of a serious such as a tumor Inconlinence can have different Among hem are Kegel In Arnold a Los Angeles introduced exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles in women with stress in continence the kind where leaking occurs under the stress of laughing or An anlispasrnodic drug is sometimes lleevaluation of drug Incontinence can be a byproduct of drugs being taken for some other malady sedatives or tranquilizers or medicines for bowel Diuretics given lo lower blood pressure can increase urine Cold medicines may increase the blad der outlets resistance so that the bladder doesnt com pletely When a problem a doctor may prescribe a different drug that may do the needed job without causing Surgical The surgeon can work through the vagina or a tiny abdominal incision and use an en doscope a narrow tubelike instrument inserted via the urethra or the incision to see inside the Surgery can alleviale an can tie up the pelvic floor tissues to return a sagging urethra or bladder to normal or can repair a constantly opening bladder outlet so that it closes Hospital stays are usually only a day or Younger people are often in and out of the hospital the same Of sometimes the underlying cause of in continence cant be Even the situation is far from Strategies to help the incontinent stay dry include more frequent trips to the a portable com rnode for and selfcatherization after proper in structions to empty the bladder several times a There also are urine collection devices and disposable pads and pants available from medical supply drug and homehealth care or Help for Incontinent and the Simon whose founderdirector is herself inconti offer information about incontinence treatment products and treatment To receive an informa tion packet may be a send the request and a stamped envelope to Box 511 Union C 29379 The Simon p Box Ill EDITORS NOTE Prosit To Your Health is a public service of Comal County Health Department and an in formal consortium of health service providers tliroughout Ihe region ill ROSEMARIE GREGORY has all the names and places in weekly in the HeraldZeitung Furniture fy Sale Starts June June 22nd ty SaU Altai hed pillowbacks give both com lorl and tailored Lane V Treat yourself to the elegance of this Queen Anne The deep ly tufted plush fabrics and sturdy construction compliment your home with style and This attractive swivel rocker was designed with 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