Just a reminder --- snow is surely on its way now that we are in the middle of winter and there are many elderly residents who can use our help. With all of the talk of "the graying of Great Neck," all of us must have at least one older neighbor who will find those snowy, icy days a dangerous challenge. And with just a little help on our part, we can help these seniors through a safe and comfortable winter season.
If you are fit and able to shovel your own driveway, why not lend a hand and take a little extra time shoveling out your older neighbor's property too. And if you are not up to lifting that shovel, surely you can help find a reliable person or service able to assure clean paths and driveways for a cautious senior citizen.
While running out on errands as a storm approaches, or even hopping into your SUV in the middle of a bad snowstorm, might be a "snap" for you, it's probably an impossibility for your older neighbors. They might well be in need of fresh groceries or critical medication, and just a little time on your part will be more than rewarded with a bright smile and real gratitude.
And if we are all snowed in, of course you can always call or just walk over to that elderly neighbor's house and check on him or her. Be sure they are able to weather the storm, with power and heat and all of the food and medical supplies they need. Do assist them in calling for appropriate help if they are in need.
It's so easy to forget our older friends, and almost as easy to reach out your hand!
- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman