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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbttdge Herald Lethbrldge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 19, 1975 Fourth section a Pages 33-40 Lifeline gets response Carol Collier, direct services officer for the Canadian Men- tal Health Association, reports an increase in Lifeline volunteers, following mention in this column. Persons wishing to become involved should contact her at 327-0100. A spring workshop on crisis intervention is planned by the Alberta Nurses' Association in conjunction with the U of L, ac- cording to Valerie Ayris, district chairman and Ltt nursing program staff member. Convener will be Winnifred Mills, chairman of the nurses' education committee. A similar workshop on burn therapy proved to be very successful. Ms. Ayris says attempts are being made to keep nurses at the local level informed of provincial decisions. Less than four per cent of the 700 motorists taking the im- paired driver's course are repeaters, according to moderator Norm Briscoe. The course, consisting of four two hour lec- tures, and offered at six week intervals will be repeated, beginning March 19. Mr. Briscoe says participants undergo a change of attitude and sudden awareness in the menace they are if driving intoxicated. Alberta leads Canada in offering this course, now being studied by both B.C. and New Brunswick. On- tario is ready to implement it shortly. Lethbridge is one of 11 Alberta centres in which the course is available. The sooner parents realize that alcohol belongs to the ether family the better, says Norm Cowie, director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. He feels parents must realize alcohol is a drug and set an example for children. Mr. Cowie says 18-year-olds previously posed as 21-year- olds to gain admittance to bars today 16-year-olds are doing the same thing. He feels mounting local concern and the active involvement shown by the Home and School is part of growing public awareness. Twenty years ago, the problem drinker was 40 years or older; today the age is a mere 25. He likens the lowering of the drinking age to allowing children loose in a candy store and expecting them to make responsible decisions on their own. The six-man Alberta judo team competing in Winter Games events at Winston Churchill High School this week includes four members from the Lethbridge and district. Yosh Sends, judo instructor, feels the entire team would have come from Lethbridge, if Tom Greenway, had not entered the inter national meet in Munich in November and Joe Meli hadn't com- peted in the world youth judo championships in Rio de Janiero thus becoming ineligible for Winter Games' participation. Local team members are 19-year-olds George Graham, 143 pounds and under; Scott Tanner, 165 pounds and under and Guy Pomahac, 187 pounds and under, all Mr. Senda's pupils and Mike Graham of Rainier, 187 pounds and up, trained by Yosh Fujimodo. They will also compete in March in the provincial judo competitions in Edmonton and the national in Ottawa in May. Joe Meli, Tom Greenway and Guy Pomahac are junior Olympic gold medalists; Tom and Joe are also international cold medalists. Apprenticeships reached the all-time high of in 1974, an increase of 18 per cent over the 1973 figure of says apprenticing board regional supervisor Vem Stewart. Of this number, 800 are from Lethbridge. Thirty-four trades are included. A total of journeymen have graduated since the Apprentice Act was passed in 1946. Some new apprentices registered last year, 26 per cent more than the previous year Plan gets elderly involved Involvement considered key to a successful retirement EDMONTON (CP) This city's Society for the Retired and Semi- Retired has a four-pronged plan to get old people involved and involve- ment is what the organizers con- sider the key to a successful retirement. For Mary Davis and Fred Han- nochko, two board members of the society who retired a few years ago and now consider themselves bus- ier than they have ever been, the society is a drawing together of ser- vices and an effort to make life better for old people. "A hobby isn't the answer to said Mr. Hannochko, who spent his working life in educa- tion and tried painting after he retired but found it too messy and lonely. He joined the society shortly after it was formed in 1969 and now is president. "It's involvement that has a varie- ty of activities, we emphasize that." Mrs. Davis made it clear the society wasn't simply a recreational or activity centre but rather a door old people can open to all kinds of services and a way of overcoming some of the social stigma they face. "In the older group we have a large mass of people who are alive and she said. 'But it is not a homogeneous group. They're individuals with different capacities, different educational backgrounds, different interests. "There is a negative attitude on the part of society, a put-down; if you are going to retire you're on a shelf. "Some people choose recre- ational outlets, others go for a more mixed activity. This society was not designed to be an activity centre, it was not designed to be a recreational place, it was designed to be a service centre where there would be information and sup- portive help. "It's a one-stop place to cut down on the fragmentation that you have in welfare services." Mrs. Davis was a social worker for the veterans affairs department where she developed the specialized techniques needed for working with older 'people. She was one. of the group of community workers who formed the society, which is funded by the city's preventive social ser- vices. The city, the province and the federal government supply it with its budget. Mr. Hannochko said the society divides itself into four approaches to senior citizens: Direct services, education, coordination and social action. Direct services involve in- formation and counselling. They include a list of available subsidized housing and help to get into it, finan- cial advice to people having trouble making their pensions stretch or who are not getting all of the pen- sion they deserve, help in filling out income tax forms and referrals to other agencies designed to meet specific needs. He said the society tries to emphazie to people that they are not taking charity when they seek full pension benefits but that they work- ed and were taxed to provide for these programs and now have a legal right to take advantage of them. Direct services also involve sup- portive Mrs. Davis said, explaining that old people sometimes need the lift of someone encouraging them and giving them attention, a lift they can get from one another once they find com- panions. Mrs. Davis said government of- ficials who come down to talk to some of the society's members often find it useful to have some of their clients' problems pointed out. The society has weekly forums and keeps plenty of information on hand so that the five paid staff members and regular volunteer workers can make older people aware of services and programs available to them. Mrs. Davis emphasized that often it's a case of one old person helping another as more get involved. The educational process also means old people try to explain the aging process, to the community. Members attend seminars at the University of Alberta on the elderly and on planning for retirement and the society's heritage program, funded by the Canada Council, sends old people out to school classrooms where they can tell youngsters of what life was like when the province was opening up or during the De- pression. As yet the society has not become totally involved in preparing people for retirmenet because it is taking care not to start projects it does not have the resources to continue, Mr. Hannochko said. The society's co-ordinating func- tion is a matter of drawing together groups specialized in one area or another of providing for the elderly. Mr. Hannochko said the groups meet every other month to compare problems and leam what each has to offer. From the meetings sprang the social action approach, Mrs. Davis said, as spokesmen for old people's groups revealed problems which could only be overcome by per- suading government to take action. She cited as an example the high cost of drugs and ambulances. A committee was formed under the society's auspices to write a brief urging legislative change. The socie- ty also has committees working on transportation for the elderly and the handicapped and has undertaken surveys of housing needs. -The Herald- Family Students interpret lessons through drama techniques WINNIPEG (CP) An ex- perimental program allowing students to apply dramatic in- terpretations to the elemen- tary curriculum has been received with enthusiasm by most of the province's teachers. Headed by Kevin Burns and Elizabeth Coffman, the pro- gram is designed to enable students to act out lessons as an extension of the traditional lecture session. During one such lesson, a group of Grade 5 students di- vided themselves into sections of four or five and huddled to determine how to interpret a segment, of the day's astronomy lesson. "Watch how much TV in- fluences what they re- marked Mr. Burns. And sure enough, the first cluster introduced its act with a commercial-style announce- ment. "Good evening, earthlings.. Come to Uranus for your holi- days. You will feel as light as air there." The following group used a TV talk show format and ex- changed ideas toward the day's lesson. The program, sanctioned by the Manitoba department of education, recruited Mr.- Burns from England last September to act as co- ordinator. Both Mr. Burns and Ms. Coffman stress that their role in the classroom is to enhance the work of the teacher. "We're not replacements for regular Mr. Burns "We work with them, try to merge our approaches." 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