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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD-15 Puritanical society spoils sex for elderly BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) Sex after 60? At least twice a week for longer, happier and healthier lives, said the leader of a seminar on the sexual behavior of the elderly. "It is completely normal for men in their 70s or 80 to be capable of normal, pleasur- able sexual relations and for their partners to respond equally well." said Helen Parsons, a social worker who leads a series of seminars on the concerns of senior citi- zens. Most elderly people repress their instincts because of the "puritanical attitude of socie- ty which makes the public think that older people lack sexual Mrs. Parsons said. About 30 persons attended a recent seminar that was ad- vertised throughout the city. Many senior-citizen clubs re- fused to listen to "such dirty she said. "It is terribly wrong what society has said Mrs. Parsons. "Of course sexual desires and ability for sexual intercourse live in every man and woman, regardless of their age." One elderly woman blushed and left the room when she discovered "the topic was sex. m PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM EVERY Society's adulation of youth, dirty-old-men jokes and the snickers that accompany news that an elderly man has wed a woman less than half his age reinforce guilt older people have toward- sex, Mrs. Parsons said. Sexual inhibitions in older people were strengthened by other impediments to an ac- tive sex life. There aren't enough elderly men to go around, because men tend to marry women younger than themselves. She said 57 per cent of those over 65 are women and two-thirds of the women are widows. Many of those widows never had sex after their husbands died because they felt guilty about pursuing a man. A lack of privacy also ham- pers sexuality, Mrs. Parsons said. Nursing home patients can't visit privately with their spouses. And many older couples live with their chil- dren or grandchildren and have few chances to be alone. Pension and United States social security regulations also discourage remarriage because payments then are adjusted downward. Mrs. Par- sons said many older persons get around those problems by not bothering to get married and living in "social security sin." A geriatrics nurse. Dorothy Saltman. said even patients who are told by their doctors to "take it easy" can indulge in it can help some of them. "Sexual intercourse is good, healthy exercise, comparable to a brisk walk around the block. Mont her top cop Litle Jennifer Brock, 4, was so proud of her mother Diane, who was one of the first 15 women to graduate as a member of the Ontario Provincial Police Force in Toronto on the weekend, that she couldn't resist show- ing it. Just before the ceremonies started, Jennifer broke ranks past the graduates and hugged her "Mommy." Ann Landers LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. N. Regular Wednesday Night 8 p.m. 25 GAMES-DOUBLE MONEY CARDS-MANY EXTRAS This weeks' Jackpot in 58 numbers DttrPrin ?d )D o'ay Lethbridge DlUPfl Wednesday Fish Game Assoc. DIHUU at 8 pan. S185 Jackpot in 57 Numbers '3 tth 10th S2S in 7 Mombm GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAGLES HALL 13th ST. N. FREE GAMES No Under 16 _______ LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at 8 p.m. JACKPOT OfM flUff AMPr WVR Wnfl WOfl J Blackout in 55 numbers or less 10th GAME JACKPOT IN 51 NUMBERS 10th Game Jackpot in 50 MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER NOT ALLOWED Dear Ann Landers: I heard you speak in New Orleans recently. One sentence you uttered will stay with me forever. It really hit home because, like so many other parents, we have spoiled our children. You said, "The only thing kids get out of frequent gifts, usually handed to them on a silver platter, is the habit of receiving." I know you are right, but how can parents say no to their children when money isn't a problem? Our kids see us buying luxury items for ourselves naturally they feel that they have a right to them, too. I grew up in a family that didn't have a pot to cook in or a window to throw it out of. It was easy for our parents to say no because we knew darned well we couldn't afford anything fancy. Nobody asked very often. What's the answer for the members of the affluent society.? Loaded And Vulnerable Dear L. V.: What's the question? Do kids really want everything they ask for? The answer is. "No. they don't." An attorney I very much admired once said the greatest gift he ever received in his life was a note his dad gave him one Christmas. It read. "Son, this year I will give you 365 hours. One hour every day after dinner. We'll talk about whatever you want to talk about. We'll go wherever you want to go. play whatever you want to play. It will be your That dad kept his promise and renewed it every vear. WeeWhimsy rvy, Time spent with a child is much more meaningful than any gift that can be bought in a store. It never wears out and it costs nothing. Dear Ann Landers: I've done a great deal of reading, but I've seen nothing on "The Dangers of Marrying an Only Child." If I don't find a book on this subject soon, I just might write one myself. Why is it that of all the columns written by Ann Landers, you have never dealt with this problem? It exists, you know. I married a woman who is living proof. The only child desperately needs to be right all the time. Also there's a total disregard for punctuality. The only child is rarely on time. "I'll be there in a can mean anything from 30 minutes to an hour later. The "Me First, Mine" syndrome is especially noticeable in the child who never had to share with a brother or sister. The singleton tends to be a joyous receiver but a very poor giver. My advice to anyone who is considering marriage to an only child is. DON'T, Massachusetts Reader Dear Mass.: Sorry. I don't buy it. I have known only children who have none of the qualities described in your letter, but these same qualities are painfully apparent in children who come from large families. Generalizations are often wrong. And this one most certainly is. Dear Ann Landers: I am a girl. 16. who hasn't too many things to complain about compared with some of the letters I read in your column. One little thing does bother me a lot and I'd like your opinion. My best friend hangs around with me because she is nutty about my brother. She has told me several times that she's really about Rex and asks a zillion questions about what goes on in his life. 1 don't want to lose her friendship, but I hate being used. What do you think I .should do? Ambivalent hi Canada Dear Am: If all girls who hung around certain friends because they were nutty about their brothers were lined up. they'd reach from Toronto to Quebec City. This is the oldest story in the world, and usually the brother is on to it. Such girls are viewed as pests if they hang around too much. Most brothers would rather chase Remedies sought to reduce high number of British child deaths LONDON (Reuter) In the last two years, baby battering has become almost an every- day element in British life. Brutality accounts for more than 700 child deaths each year and as many as serious injuries. Baby battering in itself is not new. What is new is the sudden glare of publicity. The spark that lit this light prob- ably was the Maria Colwell case. On Jan. 6, 1973, William Kepple came home drunk, found his seven-year-old step- daughter Maria watching tele- vision and, for no apparent reason, beat her to death. Kepple was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. This later was reduced to eight years for manslaughter. What brought the case to! public attention was the trial' itself, which disclosed official inability to cope with a dan- gerous situation, even when the life of a child was at stake. Maria had spent her life amid poverty and 'abuse. Her death followed a series of official attempts to inter- cede, all of which failed be- cause the courts and social workers felt a child should stay with its parents at al- most any cost. The case offered no solu- tions. Now two new publica- tions have appeared, both of which emphasize that there are no easy answers. The first is Children in Dan- ger, for which Jean Renvoize, a novelist, spent two years re- searching and interviewing parents, victims and officials. She attempts to analyse the psychology of. baby batterers and suggests, tentatively some ways in which they can be stopped before a tragedy occurs. The second, a.report by the National Society for the Pre- vention of Cruelty to Children offers a statistical counterpoint to Miss Ren- voize's work which more than backs up her conclusion that action is needed. The society said some children were maltreated or neglected in Britain last year. Of these. were babies, too young to walk. Miss Renvoize said mis- treatment of children is not new. What is new, she said, is that attempts are being made to do something about it. Although Miss Renvoize's book consists mainly of inter- views with baby batterers, the only conclusion she draws is that there is no real way they can be categorized. Poverty is certainly a factor, but the well-off also beat their children. An unhappy childhood fig- ures prominently in the sto- ries of the batterers, but there are exceptions. 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