Help A Senior When It's Icy

If that predicted ice storm develops, it could create a lot of problems across the metro area.

One group dramatically affected by severe shifts in weather, the elderly.

Slick conditions impacts seniors in virtually all aspects of their lives.

At ninety-one and a half years young, Marie Gross had no problem getting around...today.

"Oh no because it's fifty degrees so that's great," she said.

But if it's a little icy tomorrow?

"No, no. I'm staying in," she said. "Because they're threatening that it's may be icy, so I'm staying in."

John McDonnell agrees.

"We don't go out," he said. "You go out you're just asking for trouble as far as I'm concerned. Because we're not quick on our feet any more."

Jackie and Paul Eubanks are still active, but are much more careful now.

"Oh yes, you have to be you don't have the strength you had and your balance isn't as great," Paul said. "You know old age catches everybody."

"Oh yeah...we're both very cautious," Jackie said.

Karen Kelly of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging said bad weather severely affects senior's programs.

"That's getting primarily our home meals in to clients, providing snow removal for clients, we have bath aides that go out to clients, we have homemakers that go out to clients and its not just our services but its other based community services," she said.

Kelly said seniors should not try to brave the elements.

"It's more dangerous for them to go outside and they fall because if they are left there they are at risk for hypothermia," she said.

Clare Lesac's neighbor helps her out.

"He knows I'm elderly and I don't have a grown son that'll help me and he helps me with my sidewalks," she said.

And if there is a senior living in the neighborhood, take a moment to check in on them, especially if the weather turns bad.

And pay it forward...shovel their walk for them. Sooner or later we're all going to need that help.

Most community based services like the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging are not offered tomorrow due the holiday.

With that in mind, frozen meals were delivered to seniors today so they'll have them for use tomorrow.

There are 73 snow removal volunteers for the elderly, but more are needed.

Anyone interested in helping can contact the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging at 444-6444.


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