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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuoodoy, Octobtf 22, THE LETHBRIOQC HERALD 17 Doctors thank Betty Ford LONDON (Reuter) Leading British hospitals have been swamped with possible breast cancer cases since U.S. President Ford's wife Betty underwent her mastectomy last month. "We are overworked, but we're saying 'Thank God for Betty a surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital said on the weekend. The number of women at- tending the hospital's two cancer clinics has trebled recently, said the surgeon. "Last week I saw 'six women with cancer of the breast who would not have come if it hadn't been for Bet- ty Ford. People are coming forward much earlier. And the earlier they come, the better chance there is of cure." At the cancer clinic of Guy's Hospital, surgeon John Hay- ward also reported a boom in breast cancer examinations but said: "We have mixed feelings. We would hope peo- ple are coming forward earlier, and this can do nothing but good. But it is dif- ficult getting through (the workload) at the moment. "A lot of people are going to see their doctors and this has had the effect of totally swamping us." Of the women seen at Guy's Hospital, only about one in five had cancer, he said. Many had non-malignant lumps in the breast and required only tests and reassurance. Telltale symptoms which should prompt a medical checkup include lumps in the breast, discharges from the nipple, retraction of the nipple, changes in the skin surrounding it or in the size or shape of the breast. Mrs. Ford bad her right breast removed on Sept. 28 after discovering a lump which proved to be cancerous. Margaretta (Happy) Rockefeller, wife of Vice- President designate Nelson Rockefeller, underwent a similar operation on her left breast last week. Club corner Judi Ross will serve as vice president on the new ex- ecutive for the Wives of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, Geophysicists and Associates. The Past Matrons of Maple Leaf Chapter No. 7, OES, will meet at p.m. Wednesday at the home of Vera Band. Co hostess will be Doris Thorn- ton. The Margaret Hartley Club will meet at p.m. Thursday at the home of Ruby Johnstone, 1253 6th Ave. S. The regular meeting of Dominion Rebekah Lodge will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Oddfellows Hall. A potluck supper will be held at p.m. Eileen Meers, Warden of the Rebekah Assembly of Alberta, will make her official visit All Rebekahs are in- vited. There will be a Christian Science Testimony meeting at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Southland Nursing Home Auxiliary will hold its regular meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday. A good attendance is requested. Senior citizens' home breaks Asian tradition By STEVE WILSON TOKYO (AP) Quarreling with the kids and crowding in tiny apartments are problems that confront many elderly Japanese but not Asa Koizumi, one of the relatively few living in a senior citizens' home. She is typical of a growing number of Japanese who are breaking with the traditional Asian custom that demands that aged parents live with their children. The changing attitudes be- tween generations often make it hard for old and young Japa- nese to get along. And, as in the case of Mrs. Koizumi, there isn't enough room in many crowded apartments. The average age of Japan's population is rising with un- usual speed and the trend is expected to put more pressure on the government for im- proved welfare programs while burdening the economy with more non-productive con- sumers. Both the political and economic changes are ex- pected to be profound: Mrs. Koizumi, an 83-year- old grandmother, is healthy and able to move easily about her modest traditional straw- mat room and the various buildings where she lives'at the Shisei Old People's home. The widow moved into the home 10 years ago. Before that she had been living with her eldest son, his wife and their two children in a three- room apartment. Its biggest room was only about eight-by- 10 feet and the smallest was like a walk-in closet in a Western home. "My grandson got bigger, so I gave up my she said. "But I'm very happy here." Mrs. Koizumi gets a monthly pension of yen Her four children share in paying the monthly bill of yen for their mother's room. The home gets another yen in government sub- sidies for each resident. The home also has rooms where elderly couples can live together. In another of the ce- ment buildings, four men or four women share each room because they cannot afford one of their own. About people, or two per cent of the 12 million Japanese over 60 years of age, now live in old people's homes. But the number has doubled in 10 years and is ex- pected to continue growing sharply, said Mitsuo Isomura, head of the National Social Welfare Council. The percentage of old peo- ple is rising so sharply in Japan because of the decline in birth and death rates after the Second World War. It means that the percentage of Japanese over 60 will more than double from eight to 18 per cent in the 40 years from 1955 to 1995. ALSO IN POIV BAGS DRAWINGS SHOW HOW WOMEN CAN CHECK FOR BREAST CANCER Trained as amateur psychiatrists Bartenders watch for unusual behavior By ANDREW H. MALCOLM New York Times Service RACINE, Wis. Laverne Kowalski never went to college. But she's got a diploma anyway. And it's a special one at that. For Mrs. Kowalski is one of the nation's first few graduates of a new course of study to turn bartenders into amateur psychiatrists. Not that Mrs. Kowalski and the other tavern keeping alumni of the 15 hour course will actively treat patients. But they are trained to spot bar patrons with'emotional, personal, economic or drink- ing problems and to guide them into professional care. It is an innovative counsell- ing road being taken increasingly across the country, according to the National Association for Men- tal Health. Spurred by the Racine course and other pioneering efforts elsewhere, groups of taxi drivers, barbers, beauticians and other occupations in. similar social listening posts are founding their own informal curriculums to sensitize members to the mental health needs of their patrons. North Dakota already requires a certificate from such a .course before granting state cer- tification as a cosmetician. "This is a rapidly growing said William Perry of the national association. "It's spreading so fast we can't keep track of it." Technically, the students are called "mental health referral agents." That means, Perry said, "they are trained to recognize the conver- sational and behavioral symp- toms of people who need help." Then with the aid of a post- card sized list of telephone numbers, the bartending "p- sychiatrist" tells the patron where confidential counsell- ing is available There are three requirements: the employee must never moralize to the patron; the patron must eipiess interest in such help; and the "helper1' must not make contact with the professional counsellors for the belpee." "It's important that the motivation come from said Ruth Weyland, who is executive director of the Racine County Mental Health Association. Mrs. Weyland organized the course during the summer despite a lack of enthusiasm among a few tavern keepers defensive over a certain negative image as money hungry purveyors of liquor. Some felt bartenders have enough problems of their own. But the Tavern League's Of- ficers were receptive and meetings were scheduled for Monday nights, the slowest time of the week for bartenders during football's off season. The first 12 students heard, police officers, lawyers, psyr chiatrists and social workers. They discussed their common problems. They debated alter- nate approaches to offering aid. They toured alcoholic treatment centers and came away with a new under- standing of their professional place and even of their own home town. "We just never knew such help was available right here in said Mrs. Ethel Jensen, who helps run Russ' Tap on the south side here where beer still goes for 25 cents a glass. Racine, a standard in- dustrial city of residents, just south of Milwaukee, was particularly appropriate for such a program, Mrs. Weyland said, because it has more than its share of alcoholics, many of whom worked at tedious jobs in large factories such as Racine Steel, J. I. Case, John- fcon's Wax and nearby American Motors. Much of this city's working- class social life is based on Racine's 157 bars, most of them small neighborly es- tablishments. There, regulars come, well regularly to drink and talk and drink and watch and drink and show off family snapshots. Unexplained absences are investigated by fellow regulars, who also take up- collections for ill regulars. One recent round of donations at the Melody Mill Tavern gathered for Frank Berens, the regular bartender who was shot in a holdup. It is in this context that Racine's bartenders are being trained to watch for unusual behavior talkative patrons suddenly quiet or lonely, quiet patrons suddenly aggressive, nighttime regulars appearing in the afternoon, or moderate drinkers suddenly imbibing increased quantities. "We said Russ Jensen, owner of Russ's Tap, "people let themselves go here. After a few beers they're relaxed, more honest with themselves. They can talk easier with a bartender friend than when they're tense and on guard with a doctor or a minister. Already there have been results. Robert Sucharda of Bob's Tap has steered several couples to marriage counsellors. Two men mumbl- ing in their beer over economic problems were directed, to financial counsellors. Curling Season Is In Full Swing and We Have A Large Selection Of CURLING SHOES For Men Women Joe GREEN'S SHOES DOWNTOWN ON SIXTH STREET, Opwi Thurettey ttl 9 p-m. Sears Ann Landers Burning Rectal Itch Relieved In Minutes One of the most common af- flictions is a condition known as "Itching Piles." 11 is most embarrassing for the sufferer during Jhe day aawl especially aggratalJng at night. If you want satisfactory good news. A renowned research laboratory has found a unique healing substance with the ability to promptly relieve the burning itch and pain. It actually shrinks hemorrhoids. This substance has been shown to produce a most effective rate of healing. Its germ-killing jjrojxrrties also help infection. In one hemorrhoid case after another striking improvement'" was reported. This improvement was main- tained in cases where clinical observations were continued over a period of many months. Furthermore, these tests and observations were made on jralitnts with a wide variety of hemorrhoids! conditions. All this was accomplished by a healing substance (Bio- by a world-renowned research in- stitution. This substance is now obtainable mwnlmfnlar fiippostiory form known as Preparation H. Ask for Suppositories {convenient to carry if away from home) or Preparation H Ointment with special ap- plicator. Available at all drug counters. Satisfaction or your money refunded. Preparation Dear An Landers: This may sound like the craziest letter yet, but I mean it I'd like to warn everyone who is considering an operation for gallstones to please ask the doctor to save the stones, so he (the patient) can personal- ly bury, them, flush them, or put them in the trash. Why the odd request? Because last night I was treated to an exhibit of "Mrs. Swanson's gallstones" at a dinner party in the home of the surgeon who had removed them. They were in a plastic container and simply hideous. "These are the largest stones I have ever boasted the doctor, as if be had scored some sort of per- sonal triumph. (AD this took place daring the cocktail hour and it killed my appetite com- pletely, not only for the hors d'oenvres but the dinner.) I don't know if "Mrs. Swan- son" is aware that her gallstones are being used as cocktail party entertainment, but I certainly wouldn't want mine displayed. Will you please pass the word? 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