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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, LETHBRIDQE HERALD-23 Negative image of elderly harms Canadian society By MANFRED JAGER Special to The Herald TORONTO Canadians are doing themselves national in- jury by persisting in placing ageing and old age in the social background where they can't be seen by the young, says Dr. E. David Sherman, research director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal. Dr. Sherman, who is also chairman of the committee on ageing for the Quebec Medical Association, said in an inter- view during the annual con- vention of the Canadian Medical Association at the Royal York Hotel here that education of the very young should be a very high priority of those in the political driver's seat for no other reason than that they themselves are not too far away from old age. "One out of every 12 Cana- eight per cent of the 65 years old or older said Dr. Sherman. "The ratio is bound to increase m the immediate future and keep on increasing. It will soon become impossible to centre ev- erything on youth in our society and we had better realize this." Dr. Sherman said Canadians have developed a "warped picture" of ageing and the aged, projecting images of physical and mental deterioration, loss of income, family and friends and a number of other negative features onto the ageing proc- ess. "The outcome of this mental exercise is that we place old age into the background where it can't be seen and are inceasingly, eager to place as many old people as possible in homes for the aged where THEY can't be seen either." This, in turn, is bound to re- sult in a negative influence on the Canadian national self-im- age, Dr. Sherman said. He predicted more and more concerted moves by organized medicine to pressure governments, particularly the federal government, to put the aged more in the foreground to change social attitudes toward them. "We must have a change in concepts and attitudes on the part of society if we are to have workable views on the later decades of Dr. Sherman said. "There is marked urgency for social action and the greatest need for effective leadership in solving the problems of the the needs are in the field of education." The education efforts must emanate from the federal gov- ernment, said the research scientist, who is 65 and was given an honorary life membership in the Canadian Medical Association Wednesday. In addition to the educational efforts, Dr. Sherman said, the fedeial government must be motivated to form a national commission on ageing. "We must bring home to Ca- nadians, particularly the young and very young Canadians, that ageing is synonymous with living and is indeed continuing growth, not in physical agility and endurance, but in wisdom, experience and intellectual said Dr. Sher- man. He said only when Canadians realize this will they stop considering their older compatriots second- class citizens and enter their own advanced years with tranquility and emotional stability. Puppets teach children to beware of hazards Golden anniversary Mr and Mrs. Pete Palmarchuk, long-time resi- dents of Lethbridge, were honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary with a recaption for family and friends at the Rainbow Hall. More than 80 people were present for the celebrations. Mr. and Mrs. Palmarchuk were born in the Ukraine, married there and immigrated to Canada in the late 1920s. They have two children, William of Medicine Hat and Gladys of Lethbridge. The couple has two grandchildren as well. OTTAWA (CP) Outer space children have a lot to learn about the hazards of living on Planet Earth. Binkly and Doinkel will tell young audiences all about it during the next 10 weeks. They're the stars of 11 touring puppet shows aimed at teaching children about safety in an entertaining way. More than youngsters are expected to see the shows between June 24 and Aug. 23. Along with Binkly and Doinkel they'll be told to keep their hands off poisonous, flammable and corrosive products and they'll learn that certain symbols on containers mean watch out. The puppet space children and their real life earthling counterparts also will be reminded of pedestrian and bicycle safety rules. And, to thicken the plot a bit, Binkly and Doinkel will face the evil intentions of that vilest of puppet villains, R. Pugsley de Pugh. Sniffer the dog puppet's canine courage and good sense will save the day at every show. The show, called the Adventures of Binkly and Doinkel, is financed under the federal summer student employment program and is organized by the consumer and corporate affairs department. Eleven two man teams of students will perform the 25 minute shows in various regions of the country. At the end of each show, children will be given safety expert awards and comic books which repeat safety tips. The students, who mostly have teaching or dramatic arts backgrounds, have been trained by Noreen Young, designer of the puppets. She also is the creator of the characters for the CBC television children's program Hi Diddle Day. This is the second year consumer and corporate affairs has used the puppet medium to educate children about safety. "Our responsibility for the enforcement of the Hazardous Products Act and our concern for child safety makes direct communication with children a priority." Consumer Minister Herb Gray said in a news release. SERVICE ADVISOR (Sales Person) Required for active Service Department Experience preferred. CONTACT GENERAL MANAGER KING CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. 328-9271 THE BETTER HALF By Barnes MEET OUR NEW SALESMAN Ann Landers Don Walker Mr. Roy Oster, Sales Manager of City Realty Insurance Ltd., is pleased to announce that Mr. Don Walker has joined our sales staff. Don is very experienced in the selling field and invites his many friends and customers to contact him for any of their real estate needs at 327-1850 or at CITY REALTY INSURANCE LTD. Phone 329-3000 1117-3rd Ave. S. Dear Ann Landers: I am a fairly attractive woman in my middle forties. To the outside world I appear to have everything a woman could want a lovely home, beautiful children, a successful husband, and I've even excelled in sports and have won some trophies. No one would suspect that I've gone through periods of severe depression and about two years ago attempted suicide. I have something important to say to the readers of your column who may have at any time contemplated taking their lives. The information I am about to pass along for free cost me in psychiatric bills. The next time you look longingly at that handgun, or that bottle of pills, or a bridge or window you believe will put an end to your agonies, remember the husband or wife or children or parents you would leave behind. No matter how blameless they may be, they will always think it was their fault that you attention tah with senior matriculation starring This bursary ensures graduates a job! It covers a 2 year program of University training designed to help students obtain Diplomas as Dental Hygicnists and Certificates as Dental Auxiliaries INCLUDES allowance per month while in Full tuition fee paid Textbook allowance Travel expenses as required for fieW worts Send Now lor Full Details To: DIRECTOR OF DENTAL SERVICES Health and Social Development Administration Bldg., 1C3 St. 98 Avc Edmonton, Alberta. T5K OC8 NAME ADDRESS POSTAL CODE HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT killed yourself. All the rationalization in the world won't change it. They will carry to their graves the thought that something they did, or failed to do, caused you to take your life. Do you want to place such a burden on your loved ones? If you commit suicide you'll r surely do it. Thank God I Didn't Dear Friend: The impact of any given letter is, of course, an unknown quantity, but I can tell you for certain that your letter prevented at least one suicide someplace in the world today. Thank you for writing it. Dear Ann Landers: I hope you won't think this is too far- out to print, but I need an answer. My girlfriend confided in me that since her husband returned from a trip up north their sex life has improved 100 per cent. The she said, is something he bought for a half pound powdered mountain-goat horns. He mixes a half teaspoon of the stuff with a glass of water and drinks it just before he goes to bed. She claims it has performed miracles in their bedroom. I asked if she could spare a little, because my husband has been "too tired" or "too busy" for the last six weeks. Yesterday when I suggested to Arnie that he try it, he laughed in my face. How come it works for my friend if it's "phony" as Arnie insists? Please check with your experts and let me know. Cold Feet Dear Feet: My "experts" tell me that once the horns are I off the goat they are useless, j except as wall decorations if you like that sort of thing. "Love potions" have for centuries produced a neat income for hucksters. Since all sex activities begin in the mind, anything a person believes in could bring about the desired results. If you can sell Arnie on the stuff it might work for him. too. But he sounds too smart for such hogwash. Dear Ann Landers: The letter from the teen-ager whose dad wouldn't let her drive the car for six months because somebody dented the fender