The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


February 7, 2014

Readers' Forum 2-7 | During winter, don't forget seniors, shut-ins

JOHNSTOWN — I am writing to encourage those in our community to pay special attention to our senior citizens and those who may not be as able to get out and about during this particularly bad winter.

There are many services available for people, but it also takes the love and care of family and neighbors to ensure everyone’s safety.

Some suggestions to help out those around us are: clean the snow and ice from driveways and cars; when making a trip to the store, see if they might need some things that you could pick up for them while you’re already there; perhaps make a meal for those who might not be able to receive an in-house meal service if the weather gets too bad (better yet, make something they can freeze and thaw out for whenever they might need it).

If nothing else, try to stop by for a visit a couple of times a week. Loneliness and depression can be very real problems for those who have trouble getting out of the house. Having someone to talk to from time to time can save a life.

Lastly, encourage people to seek the services of the many wonderful personal care homes in our area. These homes feature vibrant, active communities of seniors and can provide multiple levels of care for those who may need it, even if all they need is someone to talk to.

Kevin Bean

Director of Marketing, Amber Springs and LaurelWood

Only one stopped to aid stuck motorist

On Jan. 28, I was going to my doctor’s office in Ebensburg. I turned down the street where his office is located and tried to turn into his driveway so I could get facing the correct direction and pull into a parking space.

As I was turning around, I got stuck in the driveway. I couldn’t go forward, and I couldn’t go backwards. I couldn’t get it rocked out of that spot.

After going to the doctor’s office to let them know I was here but that I was stuck, I proceeded back outside and tried rocking the car, with no success.

I want to thank the kind gentlemen who stopped and asked if I needed help. He said that he believed that one good push should do it. And it did.

Thank you so much. Others went by, but no one stopped. He truly is a gentleman and a guardian angel.

M.D. Beckey

Northern Cambria

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