Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
37, 1972 THI LITHUIDGE HEIALO 19 Arthritis on upswing BOSTON (CP) The alarm- tag rise of venereal disease is causing an increase in a poten- tially crippling form of arthritis caused by gonorrhea bacteria. "Gonococcal arthritis is one of the most major complica- tions of gonorrhea outside the genital-urinary says Dr. Kenneth D. Rraadt, assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Brandt and other arthritis spe- cialists voiced concern over the resurgence of gonococcal arth- ritis at national medical meet- ings of Toe Arthritis Foundation. Brandt said that while most lorms of arthritis, a disease which inflames and swells bone joints, are not caused by infec- tions, the gonoccocal variety is caused by the same bacteria which produce gonorrhea. The disease is much more common in women thj> men, Brandt said, because the female often shows no symptoms of having gonorrhea acd is not treated until sigrs of the arth- ritis appear. Brandt said that while gonoc- coccal arthritis is again on the increase, it is in no way propor- tional to the increase in go- norrhea. "The majority of the people with gonorrhea doajt get gonoc- eoccal arthritis and we don't know exactly Braadt said. calendar of local kapper. The Christian Science testi- mony meeting will be held to- night at p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Ev- eryone welcome. FAMILY ALBUM Jacqueline Onassis, left, her sister Lee Radziwitl, end their dog Hans are shown in this 1938 photograph appearing in the January issue of Ladies' Home Journal. The magazine is publishing an excerpt from Mrs- RadziwiiJ's forthcoming book dealing with her childhood reminiscences. (A? Wirephoto) Priority problems of elderly people tackled by group By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor TORONTO (CP) A pool of retired skilled workers Trill- ing to provide services at cost might help elderly people stay in their own homes. A buzzer alarm system asd buddy systems of visitors or tekphoners are a reassurance for elderly people afraid no one win 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, AH of those suggestions oa how to lend a little ease to -their lives came from senior citizens attending meetings called by the section on aging of the Ontario Welfare Coun- ciL The section is working with aerator citizen groups, with individuals and with -social agencies that deal with to find out what the priority problems are and what might be done to relieve them. PUBLIC WILL HEAR The results will be presented to governments and to the public in the hope that they'll be acted on. The s e c t i o n 's provincial committee began by drawing up 10 goals. Social workers and senior citizens have been asked to comment on them at two meetings. A third is to be held soon. So far, Eving accommoda- tion, income, transportation and in-home services, in that order, have been emerging as top priorities. The other goals include in- volvement of the elderly in planning for them, training for those who work with old people, improvement of the quality of life in institutional care, the establishment of multi-purpose senior citizen centres and day care and standards of construction and transportation that make it possible for the elderly or handicapped to move around the community. Through aH the comments made by the elderly comes a reminder that they value their dignity, privacy and independ- ence as much as anyone and that their individual abilities vary as they do in any other age group. Where there is no severe in- firmity or want involved, the consensus seemed to be that j help with the smaller worries within large worries would be the boon Deeded to keep many of the elderly independent. People who have their owa homes sometimes find the cost and physical effort of re- pairs and 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 aid electric work. NERVOUS ABOUT LOCKS Some people in apartments for the aged are nervous if -they cave to lock their doors because they are afraid of not being able to get seeded help. They suggested buzzer sys- tems should be installed in aE homes for the aged- They sug- gested arrangements to keep in- touch daiiy with any old. person living alone to be sure be or see is all right Help with shopping in the form of picking up orders or offering drives home would be welcome. An understanding among volunteers asd professionals of how to work with toe aged would be appreciated. People at the meetings said old peo- ple may be hostile because of- fers of help seem a threat to their pride, and the hostility must be understood and over- come. Small things such as lounges in stores and informa- tion cards to take the fuss out of hospital registration were mentioned. So was the larger fact that people of advanced years would like to be consulted on their needs. Carrie Genik, a consultant with the Ontario Welfare Council, said the percentage of retired people in the popu- lation is increasing rapidly as people live longer and retire- ment ages drop. SIMPSONS-SEARS SEWING MACHINE RENTAL Lett of mtnding to do? A weddinf toon? A ytn to bt creativt? Rtnf and Stw with a gorgtout KENMORE ZIG ZAG from Simptont-Ston 329-9231 Or Drop In At Simpsons-Sears, Centre Village Mall for Complttt Dttailt Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: Are you going to deal with this problem in print and help thousands of young people who don't know what to do or where to turn? Or will you play it safe and duck it? Well see. The problem is young girls who are molested by their fathers and stepfathers. What if a girl tells her mother and then the mother doesn't believe it? Or worse yet, what if the mother knows it's true but is afraid to say anything? Too often the family feels sorry for the old man 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 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 molester at the expense of the" chUd? Someone like you should deal with this hideous problem. How about it? You DEAR TRUSTING: I HAVE dealt wife this problem- many I wifl 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 with their mothers. My advice is the same to aH girls who are bothered by a dirty old it father, step-dad, older cousin, a uncle." neighbor, etc.: Here it is again: Tell him he ever comes near you again that you will tell your mother. But you must MEAN it If year mother refuses to get him to a counsellor and be 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 that he doesn't, DEAR ANN LANDERS: I was disgusted with that letter from Omaha. I always thought you saw the kid's point of view but maybe I was wrong. You found room in your column for that anti-teen blast. I hope you can find room for my letter. Always we bear plaintive cries of parents: "Why don't you earn some money? Get off our backs. Make yourself useful" I would like to offer some suggestions to these same adults who seem to know lots of ways teens can improve themselves. Instead of asking us to do so many tilings, why don't YOU remove the storm windows, rake the leaves, shovel the snow, learn how to cook, scrub the floors, read to a blind per- son or tutor the handicapped child? j Instead of thinking up "constructive activities" 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 housework and responsibilities to your family, you can go to the 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 bad her children late in life and now she must go out and make a living. Unfortunately, she looks every day 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. DEAR HOPE: You thanked me too soon. I am not going to make any recommendations. The success of a face-lift de- >ends on many factors, in addition to the skill of the example, the texture of the skin, the amount of yprk that needs to be done. Also the expectations of the patient. (Is she hoping for a Your sister should consult her 'amily physician. Professors claim male discrimination SASKATOON (CP) Two law professors at the Univer- sity of Saskatchewan cay it's time to change laws that dis- criminate against men. Husbands do not have any right to receive support from their wives under Saskatch- ewan legislation, Terry Wuester and Ivan Saunders said in an interview here. A husband is bound by law to support his wife and children, but a wife is not legally forced to support her husband. Prof. Wuester said there is an inconsistency between the thinking of the provincial and federal governments. Under the Federal Divorce Act, a woman can be ordered to pay her hus- band maintenance if she is in a better financial position. Both professors agreed that if a marriage breaks up after a short time, and if there are no children involved, a man should not be required to support the woman indefinitely. An excep- tion would be the case of an abandoned woman who worked to pat her husband through uni- versity. Prof, Wuester also said men complain about the Homestead act "which discriminat against them" If a woman in Saskatchewan marries a man who has a homestead, and she lives on tie property for only one day, he can't dispose of the land with- out her signature. But if a man marries a woman who has a title to a homestead, rite can sell the property without her husband's signature. The professors also say men face discrimination over cus- tody of Chilian in broken mar- riages. Prof. Sauaders said it is bias- ed to make the assumption feat the wife should raise the chil- dren. There are DO services for courts to properly deterrniae which partoer would be better suited to raise the children. "It is 9. presumption to think a wile is the best partner to bring up the said Prof. "Legislation will sot solve tbese problems unless money is spent on seeing tbese laws trt fojplemezied." you paid for now get your money back From the first of January, the new Alberta Beverage Con- tainer Act assures a more con- venient simpler method of return- ing your empty beverage containers for' refund. SAVE THEM UP CASH THEM IN! Container depots, located in Aiberta, will give you a cash refund for ail soft drink containers bottles and cans and for ail wine and liquor bottles sold after January them To find out where'these depots are located, took for posters in all stores selling beverages, .ft will ten you the name, address business hours of two near- by depots, It's as easy as that. And for added conven- ience, your iocal stores wiii continue to accept for refund, refiliabie 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 AJberta's environment. xflborra ENVIRONMENT Address any (enquiries or complaints regartfirg Beverage Container Act to: Special Services Branch, Department of Environment. Street. Edmonton T5J OZS or Division of 'PoBufoft Control, J. J. Bowlen Calcaiy.