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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 1f THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Monday, March 4, 1974 Life after 65 A fountain of youth: the intellect Seventh of Ten By JACK GOURLAY The search for the Fountain of Youth continues. The Chinese thought they had discovered it in the roots of ginger, and the French laid claim to it in tincture of aloe. No one really knows the formula for the "elixir of youth." But most psychologists and gerontologists agree that there is a formula for keeping young: an active intellectual life. Many of us look for poor, inadequate substitutes in our rebellion against aging. We try through the way we dress, the use of beauty aids, the search for "miracle" drugs, all in vain attempts to look 35 at age 65. If we let this concern for lost youth become an obsession and it's all too easy to do we may be headed for severe emotional problems when we come face to face with old age. It would be much wiser were we to live with reality and enter the later years on a more stable program of intellectual growth and development. Keeping young in spirit by exercising the intellect is the answer. Solon, the Athenian statesman, put it this way when asked his secret of long life: "Learn some new thing every day." There is much wisdom in this because what we don't use we lose, and it is only by using our brain that we will be able to preserve our mental functions which are so necessary to the enjoyment of life. It is never too late to learn. The records of our adult education centers and our colleges and universities show that millions of people age 65 and over have acquired new knowledge and skills which they are parlaying into greater enjoyment of leisure time. The idea that older people can't learn new things, according to psychologists, is a myth perpetrated on older people by themselves. They claim that older people feel that since they have been around, have seen, felt, and experienced "everything" there is to experience they have developed a "know-it- all" attitude. What they really mean, according to the experts, is that they are afraid of competing with younger students in our youth- worshiping society. Older people also have deep-rooted fears that they won't be able to retain newly acquired knowledge and that they have no real interest in learning something new. Given sufficient interest, motives and self-confidence, the experts are convinced that the older person can continue to learn and stimulate his intellect if he really wants to, no matter what his age. Dr Jean Palus, the Belgian psychologist, believes that as we mature and receive motivation, we enjoy a corresponding gain in learning capacity and insight. He said: "The 40s and 50s and later years, when correctly entered, open the way for the well-balanced individual to new kinds of experiences, meditations and accomplishments which are entirely beyond the possibilities of young persons." But, Dr. Palus pointed out, many older people fail to make anything of their later years. He blamed American society in particular for its callous attitude toward older people because of its stress on youth-oriented characteris- tics. Too many of us develop "hangups" as we grow older. One of these concerns memory and wisdom. We are afraid that younger generations will scoff at our advice. We fear this because we think that contemporary discoveries and scientific advances have made us obsolete in the eyes of our children. What we fail to understand is that we may have a greater understanding of the fundamental facts of life. The older person's greatest contribution to today's society may be based on memory the accumulation of experience and intellect our acquired wisdom. These assets, combined with humanity, humility and humor, make us something special in today's world. When one has these, he has the greatest assets of old age. How we use it, with our family, friends, or our community depends entirely on us. NEXT: To Move or Not to Move For a large, illustrated booklet containing this series in expanded form, send to "Life After 65." LIFE AFTER The Lethbridge Herald r I P 0 Box 64 Ttaneck. Niw Jersey 07666 Enclosed is S______- __copies of AP Almanac Send me AMnts. City. Make ThrA Sute. tn tfd -The Herald- Family Calendars St. Basil's CWL Council will hold its regular general meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the church basement, 13th Street N. The regular monthly meeting of the Lethbridge Symphony Women's League will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Isabelle Pisko, 1252 10th Ave. N. A re-organizational meeting of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties Association. Lethbridge Branch, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the gold room pf the Family YMCA. Interested persons wanting further information may contact Mrs. Daryl Sturrock at 328-3856 or Colin Thomson at 329-2424. A good attendance is requested. The ladies of St. Mary's ACW will hold their business meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Parish Hall. Mrs. G. A. Sylvester will be hostess. SPRING PERM SPECIALS! Effective Thursday. Friday and Saturday. March S. 6. 7 and 12. 13. 14. rams Now PERMS Reg. S Now 9.75 Re9KO Regularly 00 Special THERESA'S BEAUTY SALON No.14ProtaMkMMlBldg. Phone 328-6424 FABRIC SALE WOVEN INTER- FACING DRAPERY STRETCH TERRY ACRYLIC A WOOL STvM.Sprloj 499 Fv FABRIC A It It 1 O FACTORY TKIMKII KUniUP 1239 2nd Avonvo S. IOW JetHi ONTO OUM.) Monday thru SWwrday 930 a m __________Thwrsday Friday ft30 ajm Sisters volunteer for life of contemplation By DENNIS BUECKERT CP Correspondent OTTAWA (CP) Sister Francis Emmanuel has spent the last 43 years behind bars voluntarily. She belongs to the cloistered order Sisters of Visitation. She has taken the most serious vows of the Roman Catholic church, binding herself to a life of solitary contemplation. Several religious orders in Canada still practise the The regular monthly meeting of the Women's Federation will be held at p.m. Tuesday in the lounge at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. The Ladies Aid of St. Peter and St. Paul's Greek Catholic Church will hold its regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Parish Hall. Hostesses will be Mrs. George Mihalik and Mrs. George Nicolson. Roll call will be a tin of spice Southminster UCW will meet in the church lounge at p.m. Thursday. The Women of the Moose 328 will hold the regular meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hostesses for the evening will be Nellie Shaw and Evelyn Carleton. Westminster Badminton Club is cancelling Tuesday's meeting. The club will play as usual next week. Women's council receives grant for newsletter A P.E.P. grant has been received by the Edmonton Options for Women Council, with the goal of establishing an Alberta Women's Newsletter to operate on a self-sustaining basis within three months. The three women working on the project are trying to contact as many women throughout the province as possible, looking for ideas and suggestions on how to organize the newsletter. In a news release, Susan Thompson, spokeswoman for the project, says "We hope to encourage more communication between women in this province." The newsletter hopes to serve not only as an information source, but as a basis for organizing provincial meetings, speaking tours, and workshops for women. It's hoped it will also be an organ for airing opinions on local or federal matters concerning women, or for relating personal experiences of women throughout the province, as illustrations of the problems they are up against. The grant was applied for through Catharine Arthur of the Alberta Women's Bureau, at the request of Anne Lambert and Vera Radio of the Edmonton Options for Women Council. "The need for this is says Ms. Lambert, chairwoman of OFW. "In a period of just a few days there was an incredible number of applications from women, even from the rural areas outside Edmonton, who were frustrated with their present jobs and wanted to work on something that could possibly better life for other women something they felt was she stated. The women working on the newsletter would like to see its success set a precedent of help for developing women's organizations and services in the province. For more information contact Susan Thompson. The Alberta Women's Newsletter, 10006 107 St.. Edmonton. Average man's income barely supports family MONTREAL (CP) Women are swarming into the labor force to buy shoes for their children. not independence for themselves. Sylvia Gelber. head of the women's bureau of the federal department of labor, said last week Miss Gelber told the St. James Literary Society that families living on the average man's income can barely afford to raise two children so "most women work because they have to." "When people who are relatively well off say women should stay home, why don't they ask how they wiU pay the bills? "The day has long since passed to make judgments about what a woman should be doing." Once women enter the labor market Miss Gelber said they receive discriminatory treatment, particularly regarding pensions. When women reach retirement age. they often discover that male colleagues were paving into pension funds five years before women became eligible. Sometimes women are forced to retire before they can receive Canada Pension Plan payments, she said. discipline of the cloistered life. But' the Sisters of Visitation remains one of the strictest. No one has free access to their living quarters except the Pope and the man appointed by him as an ambassador of the Holy See to Canada. Ordinary visitors may see members of the convent only through wooden bars. .The sisters may not leave the convent except for medical or dental care. Sister Francis Emmanuel said: We want to lead a more spiritual life, and it is easier this way. We are not distracted so easily. We have .more time for There are 30 Sisters of Visitation in Ottawa. The number fluctuates somewhat and has. within the last ,20 years, been as high as 40. They live in a stone building separated from adjoining streets by a thick hedge and 15-foot walls. Sister Francis wears a dark blue habit. She has been in the convent since she was 19. "People ask us what we do all day long. We have meals to prepare, dishes to wash, laundry to do. The angels won't come down to do our chores." The sisters also do creative work. Some paint landscapes which they sell to outsiders. Others make cards for religious occasions. The sales are conducted on a personal contract basis, usually with members of the church who have heard of the nuns' work. Sister Francis does pettipoint. There is such a demand for her work that she has it planned two years in advance. But the most important activity of the convent is prayer, beginning at a.m. with an hour of meditation. During the day certain times are set aside for different kind.1: of prayer, spirtual reading, chanting, and mass. "It's prayer, prayer, prayer we need." said Sister Francis. She refers to the writings of St. Francis de Sales of France, who founded the order. In his Introduction to a Devout Life, St. Francis said that prayer is "the water of benediction which makes the plants of our good desires grow green and flourish, and washes our souls of their imperfections, and. quenches the thirst of passion from our hearts." Tbi Smnth Diy Advintist Coninimity Ctntre 2602-IStbAvo. South (roor door) Moolth end nutrition, vogotorion cooking, Miring ojtd BiMo Studios. Phut ft? taflff taftrauttii te mm ongnd Send cMKTi Woman in politics Sharon Carstairs of Calgary was elected vice-president of the Alberta Liberal party on the weekend at the party convention in Edmonton. Mrs. Carstairs believes that women must become involved in the mainstream of political life. She is the daughter of Harold Connolly, former premier of Nova Scotia and member of the Canadian Senate, and wife of John Carstairs, Calgary lawyer who is the con- stitutional chairman of the Liberal party in Alberta. Backdrop for competitors provided by Devlin's fall By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) The fall of Bernadette Devlin, now Mrs. McAliskey, in Britain's tense, photo-finish general election, provided a poignant backdrop to a series of upset results for the 143 competing women candidates. "The end of a comet" was how one veteran commentator described the result as Ber- nadette's Mid-Ulster seat top- pled under the onslaught of a far-right Vanguard Unionist, a follower of hard-liner William Craig. With the Roman Catholic vote split, Bernadette was pushed into third place, a Social Democratic and Labor party candidate ahead of her. The tiny. 26-year-old cham- pion of Roman Catholic civil rights. Britain's youngest MP when first elected for Mid-Ul- ster in a 1968 byelection, marfe a sensational debut at West- minster with a blazingly eloquent maiden speech and was lionized by the British press. But in later years her star faded and she rarely par- ticipated in debates. Last year, having become the mother of a daughter, she married a schoolteacher and fellow party worker. THRASHES TORY One former star among the fringe parties who returned to the limelight Friday was Scottish Nationalist Winifred Ewing. 44. who thrashed a Conservative cabinet minister. Scottish Secretary Gordon Campbell. She overturned his majority at Moray and Nairn and was headed for Westminster for the second time in four years. But fellow-nationalist Margo MacDonald, 29, who won Glasgow Govan in a sensational byelection last November, went down to defeat when the Clydeside riding reverted to Labor. Conservative Education Minister Margaret Thatcher, 48, was one of the few Tory women to escape the sythes of Labor and Liberal opponents. She held London Flnchley comfortably, thoogh with a reduced majority. Elsewhere. Tory benches were denuded of veteran talent in Dame Patricia Hontsby-SmroX victim of the Labor swiag in the Midlands industrial heartland, and Dame Joan Vickers, who had represented Plymouth Devonport since 1955. CHANGE TAKES TOLL Dame Pat had suffered through the redistribution of seats, which caused part of her old, safe riding to be handed to Prime Minister Heath and forced her unwillingly to look for a new base. Labor's star women swept back easily. At least three, former ministers Barbara Castle and Judith Hart and prices spokesman Shirley Williams, seem almost certain choices for cabinet status should Labor come to power. Renee Short, who piled up a huge majority in Wolverhampton Northeast, declared publicly on television that "if Harold (Wilson) has any he would give her a cabinet post in the event of a Labor administration. Poets featured Tuesday University of Lethbridge English department will sponsor a poetry reading Tuesday at p.m. in Room C-505 of the U of L Academic-Residence Build- ing. Students Geraldine Young and Wai Chan will be featured poets. IT'S NEW! EVERY TUESDAY ON SOi AVENUES. ACROSS FROM PALM DAIRY A.N.A.F.UNIT34 WEEKLY BINQO IS NOW A16 GAME PUBLIC BINGO In TtwRCW ARMY NAVY Mid AIR FORCE HALL ATO P.M. PUBLIC INNEWANAFHALL Ccmee. Son Drinks, Jackpot (MEMBERS AND INVITED GUESTS tMTHECUlBaOOMS toSTi No. porMOk unttl won KBHM MM M4 CMNEK SIM. I Door Card