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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, February 0, 1975 Senior Citizens' Service provides practical help By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Washing a floor or shqvelling a walk are simple tasks if you're young and able- bodied. But if you're a senior citizen, and perhaps a little infirm, the job looms gargantuan. That's where the Senior Citizens' Service, staffed by four young workers, enters the pic- ture. SCS is operated by the community ser- vices department of the City of Lethbridge, on a Local Initiatives Project grant. It operates on a simple premise: putting senior citizens requesting help in touch with young people able to provide it. The five-month project ends April 21, but workers Dianne Paynton and Frances Berger say there is a definite need for such a program on a full-time, year-round basis. The SCS is a continuation of some of the services offered a year ago, by a group called Concern. Services available to senior citizens are minor home maintenance, including floor and wall washing and painting, and outside yard work such as shovelling snow, fence mending and lawn care. SCS also publishes a "direc- tory" of community service available to senior citizens, and will provide referrals to other city agencies. Working with the two women on the project are Rory Timers and Larry Austin. Despite a publicity campaign to gain the attention of senior citizen's who might require their ser- vice, the group says it is only operating at a 70 per cent capacity. The original LIP proposal allowed for five workers, the fifth won't be hired until there's more demand for the service. According to Ms. Paynton, the group has, since Dec. provided services for 30 in- door cleaning jobs and 45 snow shovelling requests. "We're offering a definite, practical ser- vice for those people who can't afford to ob- tain professional says Ms.-Paynton. "We're here to help those people Hying in their own home, who don't have the stamina to do heavy house and yard work themselves." "People can sign up for a visit from us every two weeks, or they can just call us up for a special job, on a one-shot adds Ms. Berger. The SCS workers attempt to divide the labor equally, working in teams of two. However, when they want an indoor cleaning job done, most elderly clients tend to prefer female workers. "They're just more used to seeing girls doing says Ms. Paynton. "They'll adjust to the idea of the fellows helping in time." One or two elderly ladies have specifically requested girls to clean their homes, "because boys aren't too particular." However, Ms. Paynton and Berger insist the male workers in SCS are particular they've trained them in the line points of floor-washing themselves. "At recalls Ms. Paynton, "I couldn't understand that some old people worried if they hadn't washed their walls or shovelled their walks. They knew it needed lo be done and they knew they couldn't do it themselves, and it bothered them. Now we can help out, and they won't have that kind of anxiety." The companionship provided by the SCS workers during the hour or two they visit a senior citizen's home seems to be valued as much as the practical service performed, the workers agree. They chat with their clients while on the job, and if they've time, often stop for a cup of tea, a game of checkers or whist. Ms. Berger has even washed and set a client's hair. "Our visit provides a social says Ms. Berger, and many old people are basical- ly lonely." "The job gives us immediate positive feed- adds Ms. Paynton. "Once they get to know us and trust us, most of our clients are so happy to see us, and grateful for the job done." The Senior Citizens' Service is ad- ministered by the Centre for Personal and Community Development, which does an initial screening to determine if those re- questing the service are actually eligible to receive it. Depending on the senior citizen's income, the CPCD charges them a small fee, says Ms. Paynton, usually ranging from 15 to 50 cents an hour. To be eligible for the service, Lethbridge residents must be 65 or over, not have family nearby to aid them with their home maintenance and be unable to afford com- mercial repairmen or cleaners to do the job. Persons interested in receiving more infor- mation about the Senior Citizen's Service may call CPCD at 327-5725. The Centre for Personal and Community development last week submitted a proposal to the Community Services Advisory Com- mittee, requesting additional funding of 690 to operate the service after the LIP grant expires. The committee has yet to make public its recommendations to city council. The funding would be shared on an 80-20 per cent basis between the municipal and provin- cial governments. Community calendar The regular meeting of the social division of the Lethbridge Handicapped Society will be held at p.m. Friday in the Moose Hall. Members requiring tran-. JACKPOT BINGO This Thursday Evening, February 6th Sponsored by LadiM1 Aid ol SI. ftltt and si. Paul's Church STARTS P.M. SHARP-PARISH HALL Corner 12th Slrnt B and 7th North Jackpot slant at S125 and won Thurtday 2nd JACKPOT IN 60 NUMBERS 5th 7 Numbers Jackpot Pot of Gold 25e Per c: lor 51.00 Also Free Free And A Door Prize PERSONS UNDER 16 YEARS NOT ALLOWED. IF THE PRICE OF MILK IS TOO HIGH CALL US BEST-0-MILK (LETHBRIDGE) FOR SENSATIONAL SKIM AND PARTIALLY SKIM MILK POWDER Office: 328-7114 Res. 328-7SOS sportation are asked to call Frances Hochman at 328-5893 after 6 p.m. No phone calls after 5 p.m. on the night of the meeting. The Chinook Pensioners and Senior Citizens Ladies Aux- iliary will meet at 2 p.m. Fri- day in the civic centre. Plans will be finalized for the special outing as well as other planned activities. Bingo and lunch will follow the business meeting. First United UCW will hold a rummage sale and white elephant table from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the lower hall. WORKER DIANE PAYNTON VACUUMS THE RUG FOR 78-YEAR-OLD FRANCES ADNETT Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I dare you to print this letter and ruin Middle America's day. The nitwit who signed her letter "A Shoulder To Cry On" should be told that birth control information and con- traceptives were legally available at the time she got pregnant. As a college student I've heard the same ridiculous story over and over again. It goes like this: "I knew the in- firmary would prescribe a contraceptive for me but I believed it was wrong to deliberately PLAN for sex. T always figured that sex, like murder, is not so terrible if it's a spur-of-the-moment thing." Believe it or not, Ann, but some girls would rather trust to luck -or have an abortion than use birth control methods because they think planned sex is like planned crime. As for you, Lovey, your no- tion that premarital sex can be very bad for a young girl if there is a lack of sincerity and caring on the young man's part is perfectly valid. But do you honestly believe that marriage removes those dangers? Sometimes it makes them worse. Even though the divorce rate in this country is zooming, Ann Landers says, BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL 22912th St. 'C' N. Friday, February 7th 8 p.m. DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. NEW GAME IN 60 NUMBERS 5 CARDS FOR POT OF GOLD Singto Winn.r Fir.t 12 Qamn Noighborl Receive 50C GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH J1.00 DOOR PRIZES 36 FREE CARDS 5 DRAWS FOR NEXT WEEK Sorry Wo one under 16 years ol age allowed IF YOU WANT A PRECISION With the long look... is becoming our Kina cut technique (Reg. trade mark) Won highest total score in International hairstyling competition in Europe. HIS HERS INTERNATIONAL HAIRSTYLING 218 Sth Street South Opm and Fri. until p.m. Call 327-0150 "Get married first." You gotta be nuts. A Reader Dear Reader: You are also A Writer. Thanks for a good letter. Not only is the divorce rate zooming, but the moral standards of this country are falling through the basement. This indicates. to me, at least, that somebody had better start talking about premarital sex in terms of values and not view the girl uvho says "no" as an archaic, moth eaten square. I may be a museum piece myself, but I still insist that very few high school girls have the emotional maturity to handle a sexual relationship without feeling depreciated and "used" when it's over. Even among college-age couples, unless there is mutual commitment and genuine caring, premarital sex can be plenty damaging, especially to the woman. O.K., now I'll put on my bifocals, go back to my rocker and crochet some doilies. Dear Ann Landers: I know you don't write an etiquette column but you are the best one to get this message across to the public. Here it is: "IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT A WORD MEANS LOOK IT UP." I have two unmarried sons living at home'and I've lost count of the number of in- vitations they've received addressed to: "Mr. XYZ and Escort." Isn't it shocking the number of ignorant people there are in this world? Sign me Educated In The Dark Ages Dear Ed: I've had worse shocks in my time. But thanks for writing. Dear Ann Landers: Please speak English in your column not high -brow.esoteric jar- gon. When a woman wrote recently and asked if mastur- bation was harmful you replied, "if it becomes obsessive and compulsive it can border on the pathological and, therefore, be harmful." Why didn't you just say, "It is not harmful unless it is done with such great frequency that it interferes with normal Tired Of Dou- ble Talk Dear Tired: I must've gotten carried- away. Thanks for translating my answer into language which is easier to understand. Woman, 78, awarded NDP honorary membership A 78 year old resident of Golden Acres Lodge has become the first Lethbridge citizen to receive a lifetime membership in the New Democratic.Party. Anna Jensen, who has work- ed for many years behind the scenes as a volunteer, was one of 15 Albertans to receive memberships from NDP Leader Grant Notley at the re- cent party convention held in Lethbridge. Presentation of the memberships, held for the first time this year, is ex- pected to become an annual event. Mrs. Jensen's daughter, Van Buchanan of Lethbridge, received the award on her mother's behalf. Ms. Buchanan says her mother has "worked tirelessly" for the party, beginning in the. "early days with the CCF" in Saskatchewan. Mrs. Jensen continued her political activities when she moved to Lethbridge in 1950. During the 1974 federal elec- tion, while confined to a wheelchair with a broken hip, Mrs. Jensen made the best of her. stay in the Auxiliary Hospital by serving as a scrutineer, cast and all. Despite failing eyesight, she has long been an active member of a pensioner's association, the Salvation Army auxiliary and the CNIB. She has two daughters, four grandchildren and one great grand child. Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: Keep fit 10 a.m. Tuesday: Singing 10 a.m. Dancing 2 p.m. Wednesday: Potluck lunch 1 p.m. Thursday: Dance practice 10 a.m. Friday: Leathercraft p.m. Noteworthy: There will be a record hop for members and invited guests at p.m. Wednesday. 1975 membership cards are available at the centre. The dancers and singers recently entertained at Green Acres Lodge. McKILLOP A.O.T.S. MEN'S CLUB PANCAKE DAY Saturday, February 8th McKILLOP UNITED CHURCH HALL 15th Avenue and 23rd StrMt South Pincikit will In MTVMI ky (In MR frm a.m. to ind tl p.m. Per of Per Family 1975-50th ANNIVERSARY YEARofthe UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA -The Herald- Family Landlord-tenant boards oppose rental controls Opposition to the establishment of rental controls in Alberta was voiced at a recent meeting between members of the" Law Reform Commission and representatives from landlord tenant advisory boards throughout the province. Steve Wild, chairman of the Lethbridge Landlord and Te- nant Advisory Board, says LTAB representatives from seven cities were "all'very opposed" to the establishment of rent controls or a rental control agent. "Experiences in other provinces have indicated that rental controls don't help tenants they just result in accommodation units being removed from the market. And the agents, usually located in the provincial capital, are out of touch with the situa- tion in other said Mr. Wild. He emphasized that discussions with the Law Reform Com- mission were on a "for information only" basis. All recommen- dations made by LTAB representatives will be studied further by the Commission, which is conducting an overall review of Alberta's Landlord and Tenant Act. Mr. Wild said members of the provincial advisory boards "don't expect overnight changes in the act." He said the group "agreed unanimously" that any proposed changes in the act should move all enforcement of legislation to the jurisdiction of small claims court, regardless of the type of legal proceeding, or the amount of money involved. "Generally speaking, we want an act with more teeth in said Mr. Wild. "We want more specifics in the act. We want it spelled out clearly no maybe what action is right or wrong, given a certain circumstance." LTAB representatives recommended direct funding of local advisory boards through the attorney general's department and the appointment of a supervisor whose job would be to en- courage the establishment of boards in smaller communities, as an alternative to rental controls. Other recommendations made to the law Reform Commis- sion included requests that all rental transactions be required by law to be conducted in writing, clearer definitions of terms, within the act, rulings on the differences between security and damage deposits and an indication the landlord's rights of entry once notice has been given. Regional advisory boards will meet again in Lethbridge in September, to discuss common concerns and problems. This is a Special Year! The United Nations has declared 1975 International Women's Year to promote equality between men and women in all aspects of society At your Canada Manpower Centre, we're part of this event, and our programs of placement training and mobility have been designed to place the best person in the job woman or man. Greater opportunities exist today for women to find employment in every occupation, and we Know that 8' illty is not related to sex this year or any year. Canada Manpower Centre Centre de Mtin-d'otuvre du Canada ;