Alzheimer’s is hidden epidemic
To the editor,
The Estill County Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter, wants to make the public aware that it is available for persons who are caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s Disease, the “hidden epidemic”.
This disease is a progressive disorder that attacks the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior. It is especially cruel, slowly robbing a person’s intellect, memory and ability to perform day-to-day activities. For this reason, it is often referred to as “the long good-bye”.
Presently 5.1 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s projected that 16 million Americans will have AD by the middle of this century unless a cure or prevention is found. Although the majority of people affected by the disease are over 65 years of age, it also affects people in their 40’s and 50’s. It could very well be the disease of the new millennium.
Persons with Alzheimer’s disease can live 3 to 20 years after the onset of symptoms. They eventually become incapable of self-care, requiring 24-hour attention. Until that point is reached, families shoulder the total burden of physically caring for the person. Seventy percent of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease are cared for at home, usually by their aging spouses or working children.
These families and caregivers face tremendous emotional, physical and financial hardships. They can benefit from attending support group meetings.
The Estill County Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. at Horizon Adult Health Care, 178 Broadway Street, Irvine. Meetings provide a relaxed confidential atmosphere where caregivers can exchange experiences and information with others like themselves. As the group leader, a volunteer of the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter, I extend a warm invitation to all interested in joining the group. Respite care is provided for your loved one during the meeting.
Support Group Facilitator
Another side to the new store
To the editor,
In the last couple of week’s papers, there has been much “outrage” voiced over the newest business to open up in the county. A guest columnist talked of the “evils” of pornography, the editor discussed the immorality of such establishments and the County Judge Executive even said “I will go everyday if I have to until I find something” wrong with the place. While these views should be allowed to be expressed, there is another side to this argument. All three of these individuals’ voiced the opinion that this business should not exist at all. However, I believe it should be permitted to exist and then either sink or swim according to the “market” of this area. All of the attention people are paying the business to make sure everyone knows how “immoral” it is is promoting interest and offering the business free advertising. The idea that the business should not exist, even if it follows regulations or trying “to find something” to shut it down, is un-capitalist and ventures on being un-American.
As long as the store follows regulations for such establishments there should be no issues with it. The business will contribute taxes to the community and encourage more spending locally. There are similar shops in larger areas to our West and these areas haven’t fallen to pieces. Any business that wishes to open here should be encouraged. This newspaper frequently asks citizens to spend money in the county, particularly around the holidays. In fact, every day we spend money at stores that can be linked to horrendous offenses. There is no call to shut down stores here that sell Coca-Cola, a company known to murder hundreds of thousands of people in Columbia every year to protect their coca farms. There is no call to stop trading at local jewelers because of possible links to child soldiers in Africa that protect the extraction of diamonds. There are no outrages at stores that sell clothes made in foreign countries that use child labor and do not provide a living wage. All of these are just as vile as sexual violence, but the difference is there is little to no link between pornography and sexual violence and all of the things I mentioned are a million times more reprehensible than an adult oriented store. In conclusion, I encourage fellow Estill Countians to be happy a store is opening and ignore the smoke and mirrors of those who are outraged at one thing, while ignoring another.
Another opinion on the new business
To the editor,
Much breath and ink have been spent in recent weeks concerning the opening of an adult-themed business in Irvine. If word-of-mouth and controversy are as powerful a set of marketing tools as we are lead to believe, we may actually be witnessing the most effective and ingenious advertising campaign in the history of our community. People seem to be going to great lengths to ensure that they are perceived as offended enough at the thought of adult material being made available in Irvine and also seem convinced that there is absolutely no other establishment within our borders where such material can be attained. I am far more troubled by the seeming naivety that lies at the root of the sudden outrage.
Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun and a simple visit to established businesses in the county quickly reveals that there is a market for adult materials and one can readily procure them already. The wares offered at this new business can in no way be more explicit or (to some) offensive than that available in the well-stocked “back room” of any local video rental (only steps away from the “Family” section) or in the pages of the magazines on the top rack at the gas station. The local drug stores carry curiously shaped battery powered “massagers” and all manner of adult “enhancement” potions also commonly found within view of anyone who can see the top of a convenience store counter. Adult material is in some for or fashion available for purchase throughout our community and has been form years—and this is before we take “fun parties” (slightly more disturbing Tupperware events) or the internet into consideration. Why the sudden attempts to [publicly] display our opposition to materials that have surrounded us for so long?
At least, in this instance, the establishment in question openly declares itself to all passersby and there is no doubt as to what one will encounter within its walls. The only fault I can truly find is that lavender is a ghastly shade for a single wide trailer.
Zach Barnett – Unconcerned Citizen