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0 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Au( Aging population demands changes in ATLANTA (CNS) -- Catholic and other not-for-prof- involve "a shift of focus from treating discrete episodes tant role that family and friends can play in it health care institutions can lead the way in making of acute illnesses to treating chronic illnesses that care that helps an elderly or chronically ill the changes necessary to treat an increasingly aging require care over a prolonged period." remain in his or her own home. and chronically ill U.S. population, according to the top "We must begin to think in terms of a continuum of "To help serve the growing aging official of the Catholic Health Association. care rather than episodes of care," he added. "And we need to be sure we do not supplant existing Father Michael D. Place, CHA president and chief must think of this continuum in terms of the whole per- community structures that support them," executive officer, told the American Health Planning son, covering periods of wellness and illness in multi- "Rather, we want to collaborate with and bolster t Association in a July 16 speech in Atlanta that health pie aspects-- not only physical and emotional, but also community resources." care faces "a sea change in the type of needs that will spiritual and social." As an example, he cited a program in predominate, with chronic illness and functional dis- More specifically, Father Place said, "our attention Catholic hospitals in Cincinnati are working ability becoming more and more prevalent." should reach beyond hospitals, nursing homes and parishes to train volunteers to help the / physicians' offices to housing programs for elderly through home visits, telephone calls, the elderly and disabled, to their homes, portation to medical appointments, help and even to the congregations where they chores and referrals to community services. elieve that our nation's health care worship." "Clearly, the traditional approach of treating Noting that an estimated 100 million of ical illness in hospitals and providing B delivery system must undergo a the 256 million people in the United States services in nursing homes is not in the best major reorientation to address the "suffer from long-term and chronic condi- persons needing care and the communities tions," the CHA president said they are far ' Father Place said. ..... new realities of our aging society from a homogenous group that can be That approach, he said, is both"too served by one model of health care. "does not support individual autonomy." He said that within the next three decades, the over-65 "The variety and unpredictability of chronic disease "I believe the not-for-profit health care population will increase from 12 percent to 20 percent of conditions means that the health care system's response will develop innovative approaches to the population, or from 32 million to 70 million people, must be highly personalized, flexible and integrated," have faced other challenges but we need "I believe that our nation's health care delivery sys- he said. "A continuum of care must address the need of ment support in terms of both funding tern must undergo a major reorientation to address the the whole person, including his or her living arrange- added.  new realities of our aging society," Father Place said. ments, social situations, chronic conditions and ill- Father Place told the health care Describing not-for-profits as "ideally suited to lead- nesses." task they face is one of the most challenging in ing the way," he said such a reorientation would Father Place also urged consideration of the impor- times. How NFP services compare with in vitro fertil" The desire for children is that whetherdiscussingartificial cy. The IVF procedure is an good. Many couples receiving or natural reproductive tech- expensive one (averaging $7,861 Effectiveness of Infertility positive pregnancy results feel nologies, "They must respec t the in a 1995 artificial reproductive ' overjoyed. Yet many couples inviolability of human life and technology industry report). In Treatment According to Did: with a great desire for children the unity of marriage and God's 1994, the IVF procedure result- receive negative pregnancy test plan for human conception." ed in successful delivery only Diagnosis: N results over and over again. IVF involves fertilization out- 20.7% of the time. Amenorrhea (Anovulation) 80%  With each disappointment, side the womb. The Church says The Church tells us that Christ anguish and a sense of despera- children should be conceived cares for each newly conceived tion can grow. In light of these within the loving embrace of the life. The Bible tells us that what Polycystic Ovarian Diseas e 62.5% situations and new technolo- mother and father. The Church we do to each one, no matter the gies, why does the Church says to separate conception from stage in life, we do to Jesus. The NaProTechnolgy offers higher rates of successful ....................................................................................................... the loving spousal embrace is Church approves and" supports than IVF procedures which offered 20.7% successful News and Commentary dangerous. Conception outside the use of NFP because it coop- in 1994 according to an industry report. By SOOZI SCHELLER of this embrace poses serious erates with the couple's natural Contributing Writer emotional, spiritual and physi- procreative (childbearing) sys- about fertility between husband gies to working  ............ .... cal harm. IVF involves the fer- tern. Couples gather important and wife. NFP helps to facilitate with the natural [ oppose in vitro fertilization filization of numerous eggs out- information about their situa- communication with their doc- tems. In cases of infertilit (IVF) procedures and what do side of the womb. A number of tion that helps guide their doc- tor too. Because they chart the the procreative L Natural Family Planning Ser- newly conceived human beings tor in the investigation of causes woman's menstrual cycle in a NaProTechnology vices offer instead? get selected for the attempt to and the determination of treat- medically significant way, the produce a form of The wise teaching of the achieve implantation in the ments. Diagnosis is an impor- couple always has important which corrects the Catholic Church warns us of the womb. The unselected human tant goal of all medical doctors information to bring to appoint- enhances the life- dangers of interfering with life beings pose a moral dilemma working in cooperation with the ments and feels relief at playing tial and preserves processes in an unnaturalway, for they receive subhuman couple's procreative system, an active role in the attempt to ty. Not surprisingly, The Church document Donum treatment as they are stored Often with infertility, they find resolve their infertility situation, ples using V/tae authored by the Congrega- frozen or discarded. On occa- multiple causes which each Loving and life-giving choices receive a diagnosis of tion for the Doctrine of the Faith sions when multiple little ones need to be addressed for the exist here in the Diocese of ins causes. and published in 1987examines implant successfully, IVF par- infertility situation to be Evansville and elsewhere for treatments seem to reproductive technologies ents face the fetal-harvesting resolved. Their approach takes couples considering IVF. Cou- highest including IVF. Summarizing question: "Which ones andhow time but is more successful than ples struggling with the agony helping couples Donum Vitae, moral theologian many do you want to live?" In IVF in achieving a pregnancy of infertility have morally diagnoses achieve for the Pope Paid VI Institute's this situation we see the abor- and successful delivery. Most acceptable, safe and effective Even when NaProEthics Cefiter, Franciscan tion procedure used in an importantly, when conception means in attempGng to achieve the treatments cost Sister Ren4 Mirkes, Ph.D. states attempt to continue a pregnan- occurs, it happens in the context a pregnancy through Naturally IVF procedures. of the marriage embrace. Family Planning Services. sling with Fertility issues can bring seri- NaProTechnolog a new repro- cese and the people ous division to a marriage. NFP ductive science and important them need to can help because its design facil- arm of NFP, devotes all medical, positive options that itates open communication surgical and allied health ener- NFP services locally. "'a""'n ST. MA medical news from a Catholic perspective is Heal th Care acourtesy of Services , =