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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald FOURTH SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 27, 1974 Pages 33-40 -The Herald Family Contraceptives could minimize need for abortion VIENNA (AP) Forty-six per cent of Austrians marry when their first child is already on the way, a research institute noted in a recent survey. Fifteen per cent marry after the child is born. In 1915, the percentage of babies born out of wedlock or shortly after the wedding ceremony was only 27. x Calendar Chinook Unit dessert bridge will be held at p.m Thursday at Southmmster Hall. Lethbridge Parents of Twins and Triplets Association will meet at p.m. Thursday in the gas company auditorium. Featured will be a film and guest speaker from the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission. The Arthritis Education Group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Gait School of Nursing. A film on stress, It's Only Human, will be shown by Jessie Snow of the Mental Health Association. Discussion will follow. Everyone welcome. For information about transportation or babysitting, contact Mary Heinitz at 327- 5505 or Katharine Russell at 328-3108. The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Oddfellows Hall. All Rebekahs welcome. The survey was made amid a heated debate on whether or not to legalize abortions. The Austrian parliament recently adopted a bill which legalizes abortions if they are carried out within three months after conception. This ran into bitter criticism from the two opposition parties and from the Roman Catholic church. All parties agreed, however, that a campaign on methods of contraception would minimize the need for abortion. The purpose of the research institute was to investigate the attitude of Austrians regarding children generally. The Viennese were found to love children, which con- tradicted the more pessimistic view of Vienna's mayor, Leopold Gratz, a father of two himself. He felt the Viennese were hostile toward children. More than two-thirds of the people polled said they thought two children would be an ideal number. One-fifth favored three, and two per cent four or more children. However, if the majority of the Viennese meant what they say and had two children, this city of 1.6 million people would not have to rely on an influx from other provinces to keep the number constant. Each year more people die in Vienna than are born. In 1971, for instance, the ratio was births to deaths, but, as Vienna still attracts newcomers, the population level is maintained by arrivals from rural districts. EDMOHTOH Life after 65 Fights child battering Ken Jones, director of a province-wide registry to record child battering cases in Alberta sits with a life-size Raggedy Ann, symbol of the government information campaign. Anyone suspecting child abuse or knowing of child abuse may telephone the numbers displayed above or report it to the nearest regional welfare office When are you 6old'? I Third of Ten Articles By JACK GOURLAY Old age is not a disease. Nor can it be measured by purely chronological criteria. A 45-year-old can be "old" just as a 65-year-old can be "young." Dr. Rene Baujat, the French gerontologist, explains it this way: "A man is a complex being consisting of organs, tissues, cells, functions, habits and reactions. And each of these different elements has its own special way of living, developing, and getting old." You actually start declining in physical capacity in your mid-20s. As you proceed into your 40s and 50s, you begin to recognize some obvious signs. You discover that it takes much longer to reach -first base at the company picnic. You may need eyeglasses to help you read the numbers in the telephone book, and more important, you begin to notice your waistline inching outward. You adjust quite naturally to these signs of age. But there are other signs as well, for which there is no clear-cut explanation, the lines and wrinkles that form on the face and neck, the hair that turns gray, the fact that you don't stand as erect as easily as before, and the slowdown in your reactions and reflexes. These signs have mystified the medical profession since the beginning of the study of geriatrics the diseases of the aged. Many say that the clue may be found in the behavior of the cell. Other medical scientists contend that it is a breakdown of blood vessels, or of connective tissues which cause the aging process. Still others maintain that the process is due to cells just plain wearing out. Dr. Albert L. Lansing, of Washington University in St. Louis, one of America's foremost authorities on aging, says that the body continues to rebuild its cells as long as the body lives. "In all he says, "the main reason that organisms age is not a wearing out of the cells, but a decline in the body's cell-building efficiency." Geriatrics is a relatively new field, and much research remains to be done. But there is one point that everyone agrees on: the organs of the body are inter- dependent. The activities or functions of one organ depend on the activities or functions of others. Therefore, any change in one could set off an equally significant change in an associated organ. So one can readily see that a whole series of factors can affect the aging process. This may partially explain why signs of aging vary so greatly from one person to another of the samge age. Once the factors which cause aging to speed up are known, then medical science be close to taking the steps which could lead to a slowdown of the process itself. Definite gains are being made in this field. The appearance of new therapeutic tools and techniques continue to radically change diagnosis and treatment of the aged. For example, an older person breaking his hip years ago, most often, would have been confuted in bed or in a wheelchair for the remainder-of his days. Today, a metallic pin would replace the head of the fractured hipbone, and the patient would be back on his feet in a relatively short period of time. New medicines have also played a key role: Bogomoletz serum has been found to reduce fatigue in old people; embryonic and placenta extracts have speeded up circulation and improved muscle strength, and hormone treatments have been beneficial in many cases. Today's gerontologists can now control or correct many chronic problems of the aged Diabetes, for example, is so thoroughly controlled today by insulin and oral hypoglycemics that, with proper diet, a diabetic can live to a rather advanced age with no significant handicap due to his condition. Experiments with cortisone, insulin and testosterone, new treatments for arthritis, chemotherapy for cancer, nutritional aids to inhibit the aging process are all part of the advances which will benefit us and the generations yet to come, making us healthier, stronger, and longer-lived. Gerontologists at the U.S. Public Health Service are predicting quite seriously that the day will come when the 100-year-olds will be "as physically capable of maintaining themselves, both socially and economically, as an individual of 50 is at present." Next: Yon Are What You Eat. NATIONAL DEPARTMENT STORE PRICE BUSTER SALE! :HARGE? 'OUR PRICES ARE STILL THE LOWEST" 3 BIG DAYS THUR.fi FRI. 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