In the Northwest on Sunday, St. Valentine brought with him record-setting low temperatures in a number of places. And for February, that’s saying something. Many local municipalities urged people to check on their elderly neighbors. But as I got to thinking about it, why do we need outlandish weather to go check on our neighbors? Regardless of where you live and what the weather might be like, keep in mind that being neighborly is the neighborly thing to do, and go check on the seniors around you.
The weather seems to be getting generally better, and the days are getting longer, slowly but surely — but there’s still a few weeks of short, overcast days to make it through before spring finally arrives. For many people, these are the hardest days of winter; and that’s particularly true for some elderly. Of course, there’s a big difference between being alone and being lonely, but if you or someone you know might be suffering from loneliness, this article has a few good tips to help make it through the rest of winter.
As we enter tax time, it’s worth noting that the IRS provides free tax assistance for those age 60 and over. The program is called TCE — Tax Counseling for The Elderly, and is generally provided through a local organization, usually staffed by seniors. If you are associated with a local organization and want to help provide these services, you can get information on getting grants here. If you’re interested in services for your use or those of a relative, the IRS has lots of useful links.