Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
---------Wedntirfoy, Deitmbtr 17, 1975 IFIHBBIDCE HEPMO 19 Arthritis on upswing BOSTON a wife is the partner w bring up the ssi'J Prof. Wue--.tr. tt.uw: U on t'-'.-'x? f e FAM1LY ALBUM Jacqueline Kennedy Onossis, her sister Lee Radziwill, and their dog Hans are shown in this 1938 photograph appearing in the January issue of todies' Home Journal. The magazine is publishing an excerpt from Mrs. Radziwilt's forthcoming book dealing her childhood reminiscences. (AP Wirepholo) Priority problems of elderly people tackled by group By JEAN SHARP CP Women's KdHor TORONTO fCP) A pool of retired skilled workers vail- ing to provide services cost might help elderly people stay in their own homes. A buzzer alarm sy.s'.em ar.d buddy systems of visitors or telephoners are a reassurance for elderly people afraid no one will know if they are stricken by illness Or acci- dent Manageable steps in buses and ramps or elevators in buildings make it possible for the elderly to get around. All of those suggestions on how to lend a little ease to their lives came from senior citi zens a Ltendm g meeting s called by the section on eeing of the Ontario Welfare Coun- cil. The section is working with senior citizen groups, with -elderly individuals with social agencies that deal with them to find out v, ba i the priority problems are aixl what might be clone to relieve them. PUBLIC WILL HEAR The results be presented la govtrnments and to the public in the hope that they'll be acted on. Tne s e c t i o n 's provincial committee began by drawing up 10 goals. Social workers and senior citizens have bec-n asked, to on them at two meetings. A third is to be. held soon. So far, living accommoda- tion income, tram; pona ti on aiid in-home services, in that order, have boon ernergifig as top priorities. Tne other goals i.iclisde in- volvement of I ho fclJerlv in planning for thorn, training for those who work vrith old pc-op Ic, i rnpro vem en t of the quality of life in jfiMituliona! care, the estab'i.'shmorit of m nil i-purpose ci t izen centres day care and standards of construction srA transportation that nake it possible for the elderly or to move around the community. Through all the comments made by the elderly comes a reminder that they value their dignity, privacy independ- ence as much ;is anyone and that their individual abilities vary they da in any other age there is no severe in- firmity or want involved, the consensus seemed to be that help with the smaller worries v.ithin large worries would be the boon needed Lo keep many of the elderly independent. People who have their own bom e som e' imes find the cojt arid physical effort of re- pairs ar.d maintenance too much. That led to the sugges- tion that there might be a pool of retired skilled people or some other .source of re- duced cost help with painting and electric work. NFEVOUS ABOUT LOCKS Sorne people in apartments for the aged are nervous if they have to Iwk their doors because- are afraid o! Ixring to gel needed help. They suggestc-d buzzer sys- tems should be installed in all home-, for aged. They sug- gested arrangements to keep in touch daily with any old person living alorje be sure he or she is all right. Help with shopping in the form of picking up orders or rrome IJG welcome. An among voluntetr5 of how to with the aged would be appreciated. People at the meetings said old peo- ple may bo hostile because of- fers of help rx-em a threat to their pride, and the hostility must be understood and over- come-. Small things such as lounges in and informa- tion cards to take the fuss out of hmpital registration were menlioned. So was the large? fact that people of 3 d v a need years would like to be on their Carrie a consultant with the Ontario said the percentage of re-tired people in the popu- lation is increasing rapidly as people live longer and retire- ment ages drop. Ann Landers SIMPSONS-SEARS SEWING MACHINE RENTAL loU of mencJing to do? A A yen 1o be creat Rent and wilh a edding loon? ive? KENMORE ZIG ZAG ttdrn Simpions-Seart. TeiepiienS 323-9731 Or Drop In At Simpsons-Sears, Centre Village Mall For Complele Defaili DEAR ANN LANDERS. Are you going to deal with this problem in print and help tho'osands of young people who don't know what to do or where to turn? Or will you play it safe and duct it? We'll see. Tne problem Ls youag girls who are molested by their fathers and stepfathers. What if a girl tells her mother and ten the mother doesn't believe it? Or worse yet, what ii trie mother knows it's true hut is afraid to say anything? 1m often the family feels sorry for the old man because he's an alcoholic and gets drunk and doesn't know what he's doing. Or maybe he's mentally which is sup- posted to make "not his fault." Drunk or sober, insane or not, rich or poor, what do you think ought to be done about these men? And what should be done about mothers who know what's going on but protect the inolts'.er at the expense 01 the child? Someone like you should deal with this hideous problem. How about it? You DEAR TRUSTING: I HAVE dealt with this problem- many I v.ill continue to do so. First, not every girl who complains is telling the truth. Some are indulging in fantasies and others are seductive little sexpots in competi- tion v.ith their mothers. My advice is the same to all girls who are bothered by a dirty old it father, step-dad, older brother, cousin, a 'funny neighbor, etc.: Here it is sgain: Tell him '4 he ever comes near you again that you will tell your mother. But you must .MEAN it. If your motbsr refuses to get him to a counsellor and he continues to bother you, go to an aunt, a teacher, a minister, a doctor, anyone who will listen. If you REALLY don't want a lecherous male who is unquestionably sick in the head to molest you, you CAN see to it thst he doesn't. DEAR A.VX LANDERS: I was disgusted with that letter from Ornaha. I always thought you saw the kid's point of view but maybe I was wrong. You found room in your column for that blast. I hope you can find room for rny letter. Always we hear plaintive cries of parents: "Why don't you earn some money? Get off our backs. Make yourself useful." 1 would like to offer some suggestions to these same adult? who stem to know lots of ways teens can improve themselves. of asking us to dc so many things, why don't YOU remove the storrn windows, rake the leaves, shovel the snow, learn to ctjok, scrub the floors, read to a blind per- son or tutor the handicapped child? Ins'jead of thinking up "constructive for teen- agers, why don't you stay home once in awhile and bake something, cook something or sew something? Get off the phone. Pass up a bridge game. And when you get through with your hfiusework and responsibilities to your family, you can go to (he nearest park and pick up the litter. It will be good for your waistline. Most of you are too darned fat. From A Teenager In Portland DEAR TEENAGER: Here's your letter and I must say there is a lot of truth in it, Especially your last sentence. DEAR ANN LANDERS: My dear sister just lost her hus- band to cancer. She had her children late in life and now she mast go out and make a living. Unfortunately, she looks every (fay of her 52 years. I've urged her to get a face-lift. Will you recommend a doctor? I've seen some lifts that were flops and I'd feel terrible if my sister had one on my say-so and was ruined. Thank you for your help. Hopeful DEAR HOPE: You thanked me too soon. I am not going to make any rccommendatioas. The success of a face-lift de- pends on many factors, in addition to the skill of the for example, the texture of the skin, the amount of that needs to be done. Also the expectations of the patient. (Is she hoping for a Your sister should consult her family physician. you paid for them now get your money back To find out where these depots are located, took for posters in stores selling beverages, it will tell you the name, address business hours cf i.vo near- by depots. It's as From t'ne firs! of January, the Alberta Beverage Con- tainer Act assures a more con- venient, simpler method of return- ing your empty beverage contamer- 'or refund. SAVE THEM UP CASH THEM IN! Container depots, located in Alberta, give you a cash refund for all soft drink containers bo'lles and cans and for all wine and liquor bottles sold after January 1, 1973. that. And for added conven- ience, your iocal stores will continue to accept for refund, relillable containers of the types and brands sold there. All beer containers will continue to be ac- cepted only by Alberta Brewers' Agents depots. Recycling is profitable for you. and good for Alberta's environment. ENVIRONMENT Address any enquiries or r-a Cor.tamsr Ac! 5 -a-, Der-ertmenr of Environment, 1W S'rf'i. Earns nion T5J 025 or J J Bow) en BuircJir.'?