Sunday letters: Don’t forget about mom and pop

June 15, 2014 

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Let’s not assume our older citizens are fine. Seniors are a prideful bunch who, above all, don't want to be a burden on their friends or family.

You cannot imagine how it actually feels: Your eyesight fails, and your hearing goes. Hearing aids work for a while, but eventually they aren’t the help they once were. Your friendships decline; after all, you can't hear each other.

I won’t bore you with all that can go wrong with an aging body. The point is don’t go out to eat, on vacations or to family activities without at least thinking of mom and pop. They need the gentle patience of those dearest to them.

So stop when you are in the midst of your most joyous activities and see if you could find the love to include them, with a phone call or a visit. Take them out to eat with you, even if it invokes a wheel chair.

If you know older people without relatives close by, show them friendship, not sympathy. Do what you can to put a bit of joy in their life.

It’s easy think, “I’ll call or go see them next week,” only to have weeks slip by.

Remember: You will be there one day, and you can look back and remember how you treated your loved ones.

Libby Latham

West Columbia

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