Senior advocates: Check on elderly neighbors between winter storms


    Senior advocates: Check on elderly neighbors between winter storms

    Senior Life Services Northwest say now is the time to check on elderly neighbors, before the next round of winter-weather hits.

    Especially if you haven't seen them for a few days.

    Senior Health Advocate Kristi Thien told Action News a few of her homebound clients told her they haven't seen anyone since before Saturday's storm.

    She says neighborly visits are a great way to establish a mutually-rewarding relationship.

    Thein recommends doing something you'd appreciate others doing for you.

    "I know with [us], we have a guy that plows our street," she explained. "We couldn't be more grateful for that, and we're not seniors yet. Just checking in on your neighbors, 'I'm going to the grocery store, maybe I could stop by and get something for you,' those little things really help out."

    Thein says breaking the ice is as easy as preparing an extra portion at dinner and running it over to say hi.

    She says Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers, you can reach them at Senior Life Services: For volunteers .

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