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Tamara McCabe Halvorson, Wyndmere, N.D., Published December 15 2013

Letter: Season not easy for the elderly

Just last week, as I was coming out of a store, I noticed a older woman carrying her package and slowly walking back to her car on a very snowy and icy compacted parking lot. I simply asked her if she wanted to hold on to me while she walked the 80 feet back to her car. She mentioned that she had already had a couple of falls earlier this year. Then, this week as I was going into the grocery store, I ran into another elderly woman with a cane making her way across the compacted snow and ice into the store. I offered her my arm to get to the sidewalk, which was much clearer.

The compacted snow and cold temperatures have made lots treacherous. The Christmas season is often difficult for the elderly if they live alone and still need to do their own shopping. My idea is this: If you see someone who is elderly, just offer your arm, I bet you they will take it.

Another thing, sometimes people who live alone don’t speak to anyone all day long, so just that small touch of human kindness means the world to them. Merry Christmas. ’Tis the season.