Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 THE IHHMIDCE HtRAlD Morth 21, 1973 Nursing home patients show decline in mobility By GLENNIS ZILM EDMONTON (CP) Patients in nursing homes show a rapid decline in asso- ciated higher cosls for nursing good rehabilitation programs are carried outv Dr. John Bedford of the school of rehabilitation medi- cine, University of Alberta, re- ported this conclusion to the Hoyal College of Physicians and Surgeons recently, based on studies carried put in 12 nursing homes in the province. "Patients who are totally dis- abled cost seven times more in nursing time than patients who are up and he said in a paper presented at the meeting. "If patients can be tept at their optimum level of indepen- dence for longer periods, cost of health care may be kept from rising exorbitantly." TESTED TWICE Dr. Bedford and his col- leagues tested about 600 pa- tients in nursing homes on their' ability to get around on their own. 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This shy but pretty girl, no more than a child herself, said, "I am pregnant." Our whole world collapsed, but we were de- termined to stand by her and keep the child, if possible. Our minister helped with a plan. We sent our daughter to friends in a distant state. She was in her fourth month and not showing. My wife was 38 years old at the time and our young- est child was nine. We con- fided to our friends that we were trying to adopt a child. When our daughter had her baby my wife went out and brought them both back. The story was that we had adopt ed a c h i 1 d from an agency and our daughter had spent several months in Europe. Today we are thrilled have this little one. Our daughter Is happily mar- ried and has two children her own. At times we are templed to tell our little darling that she is not an adopted child but we dare hot do ft for fear at damaging the lives of sev- eral people. Tell "Contused" not to try to uncover secrets. It might break somebody's heart arid cause untold sorrow. I re- main, of course, anonymous, but sign me Luckier Than Most' DEAR LUCKY: Here'j your letter, an unusual one, to be sure, but the basic con- err'1; is oae with which I agree. Not everyone could haye pulled it off, but how wonderful that it worked for you. Thanks for sharing. DEAR ANN: I am married to a sportsaholic. Any advice for me? My husband is an executive, but seven days (or evenings) a week he must get in some sport handball, tennis, golf, swimming, rug- by, etc. he isn't partici- pating he's observing ball baseball, hockey, etc., etc. Our sex life' is on hold until after the p.m. sportseast. prayed, read sports magazines and books galore in an attempt to share his interest. No go. I've scrubbed floors and washed walls, tak- en cold showers, cried, beg- ged, purchased black under- wear and a see-through neg- ligee: I even went blonde. He didn't notice. I have concluded that my husband doesn't care much for me and his children or DEAR ANN LANDERS: Recently a couple moved next door and we became friendly. I showed the wom- an where the best markets were, the choice cleaning shop, the hair salon, and told her ajll the little things a new neighbor needs to know. When they entertained for the first time we were in- vited. It was a beautiful party for their friends from Eu- rope champagne and all the trimmings. Three weeks later they gave a dinner for my husband and me to show their appreciation for our help. They invited four cou- ples besides us some of our closest friends. Last night (and this is not sour grapes, Ann) they gave a very large party. The cars were lined up for a block. One of their guests put his car hi our driveway which I thought was rather rude. This morning I jokingly mentioned ft to my neighbor and added, "It looked like DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am the mother of an 18- month-old child. I'm sure mil- lions of other young mothers have the same problem, so please print my letter and tell us what to do about it. Since Jimmy was old enough to walk, strangers have been giving htm candy, chewing gum and money whenever we are in a super- market, or even on a bus. Our little boy is very cute" and friendly and says "Hi" to ev- eryone. That expression, "He never met a was made for this kid. If Jimmy was a diabetic or had some allergies he would be in se- rious trouble. Why don't adults think about such things? It so happens that he's a healthy child, but this business of getting so many gifts has spoiled him to the extent that now he expects he would use a little of that fantastic energy to build a good family relationship. He says I need to learn how to keep busy and had the nerve to suggest another baby. What do you think of tha idea? I'm against it. An- other XYZ In Honolulu DEAU XYZ: So he wants another baby? One more for him, to ignore, eh? I don't blame' you for your lack of enthusiasm. As for what you can do to get him to pay more attention to you and the children and less to sports, I know of no cure for ado'escent selfishness and the .sick need to engage in activ- ities that reaffirm his mascu- linity. Your guy needs coun- selling. He doesn't understand that the best expression of maleness is to be a good hus- band and father. quite a party. How come we weren't She replied, "I wasn't sura you enjoyed the last two parties. I never heard from you." I told my husband about her remark and he said, "I believe she has a point. Why didn't you drop her a I think they are both crazy. Do you believe a next-door neighbor should expect a gold engraved thank you note? I'd like a fool writing a letter to the woman next door. Sign me Snubbed In Cali- fornia DBA? A written thank- you note need not be In but it is certainly In order when a party Is given in your honor. If you didn't want to write a note you should have telephoned the following day and perhaps sent flowers. If I sound like motheat- en square, forgive me, but too many of the aid customs are being dropped these and I think it's a shame. things and doesn't even say thank you. Will you please ten well meaning public not to offer small children sweets or money? Thank you, Mother Of An Overly-Gifted Child DEAR MOTHER: My ad- vice is for you, not the "well- meaning public." As the moth- er of this child it is your responsibility to see to it that the boy not be permitted ttt accept gifts from strangers. When someone offers Jimmy candy, gum or money, you should say, "Thank you for wanting to be generous, but we don't allow him to accept gifts from strangers." The "something for nothing" philosophy is already too 'deeply ingrained in our young people. Misguided gen- erosity only serves to pro- mote it. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "How about gelling in front of me and sounding your I'm going to be lote for my hair appointment."