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Bad back need not be entirely limiting

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)

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This article was published 9/11/2017 (372 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From Successful Living by Doris Clark, published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug. 13, 1974.

Dear Doris: My 45-year-old husband is unable to work and is on disabled pension for a bad back. Since we have two very young children and one at school, it's hard for me to go out to work.

We were wondering if there would be anything he could do at home and make a little money to make ends meet. He gets depressed at times.

He is very handy with tools and is mechanically inclined. If necessary, I could help him with any work he found.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 9/11/2017 (372 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From Successful Living by Doris Clark, published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug. 13, 1974.

Dear Doris: My 45-year-old husband is unable to work and is on disabled pension for a bad back. Since we have two very young children and one at school, it's hard for me to go out to work.

We were wondering if there would be anything he could do at home and make a little money to make ends meet. He gets depressed at times.

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"Updated fabrics" included polyester and rayon in this August 1974 Sears advertisement for fabric in the Winnipeg Free Press. In 2017 dollars, the prices for the fabrics range from $12.64 to $39 per yard,

He is very handy with tools and is mechanically inclined. If necessary, I could help him with any work he found. 

— Disabled

Dear Disabled:  A great deal depends on his interests. Here are some of the things that partially disabled persons have been known to manage at home: refinish antique furniture; learn upholstering; repair small appliances; repair small engines, such as lawn mowers or chain saws; repair dolls; learn picture framing; raise rabbits for food or angora.

But if he is capable with his hands, though mobility is limited, couldn't he find satisfaction being the one to take care of the home while you go out to a job? This is reversing the usual roles, but I have known many men to find satisfaction in creative cooking, as well as the loving care of their own children.

My suggestion is to discuss possibilities and work for both of you with the counsellor who comes to you in connection with your husband's disability pension, and with your nearest Canada Manpower Centre.

Let's hear from readers, too. I know there are many who have met similar dilemmas with stalwart determination and imagination.

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