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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, October 13, 1972 A remarkable crop of classy houses Great living promised by Show Homes 572 It all adds up to great living. In the family buggy and "The name of (he game is they say, and after you see these show homes, you'll believe it. How do you find them? Hop out to Woolco. Take a left and drive a block or two and you'll find yourself on Lakehill Cres- cent. There they arc, all in a row, seven beautiful homes Hi e Lei's remember needs of others of homes Lelhbridge is be- coming famous for. have the builders and we have the architects. That's we're the model cily. You'll see homos with (ho fantastic modern flavor ami homes with (he mellow, good, old-fashioned kind of design and integrity that is never out of date. Dy D'AKCV HICKAKD Show Homes Editor In the ten years or so, many bulUUngs of various sizes and shapes have been made available- for the elderly, yet, many older citizens are living in totally accommoda- tion, and their names are get- ting somewhat fadotl on the waiting list as the days, the mnnths and the years go by. Nevertheless hundreds of eld- erly men and women in every province in Canada have found accommodation in those struc- tures, and, generally speaking, th-oy have found a level of com- fort in their new homes. There is however a large group of men and women who June been overlooked, that is to Kay, their special needs have been overlooked, and although they have found it passible to secure a shelter, there arc many reasons why they cannot call it''home." It has been said that a nation can be judged by its treatment of its elderly and infirm. I rather feel that Canada is lagging behind in its treatment physically handicapped men and women. In the first place, only those persons ovec 55 years of age can become tenants in a public housing project, al- though in some extremely sev- ere disability cases the rule has been stretched to allow the odd person to enter a tenancy. Let us realize that just as there are differences in people there are differences in disabil- ity and it is impossible to set down a Ret plan which could answer the need every dis- abled person. It can be said that little, if any, effort has been made to provide suitable accommoda- tion for our disabled elderly citizens, Those of us who find it neces- sary to itso a wheel chair for locomotion Eind it next to im- possible to find accommodation which considers the realities of our need. Not only are our particular needs overlooked in Public I lousing Projects but in liter- ally dozens of Apartment Houses for Seniors there aro no special facilities for the han- dicapped. There are those of us who through sheer necessity and desperation accept a ten- ancy in a building, perhaps just because it has a sidewalk lev- el entrance and a wide front door into a suite! Let me emphasize- here that just because a person has to use a wheel chair that doesn't mean that that person is "STCK" or an "INVALID." Far from it, parlicularly far those of us who have lived with a disability for ten, twenty, thirty or more years, (in my c ase a t this writing for 67 We learn to accept our thirty or more years