Small kindnesses can be huge to elders who are shut in

20 July 2020

Chris Smith / The Press Democrat

What you’d like to do is stack a platter with your most fabulous home-baked cookies and head out to offer them to isolated and hurting elders, sitting a spell with those who’d savor a bit of conversation.

But you can’t.

I’ve spoken with a number of caring people who’ve struck upon next-best things to do for seniors, many of whom wither alone in defensive quarantine from the pandemic.

“I myself phone 22 seniors every other Thursday, just to see how they’re doing,” said Carmen Taylor.

A widowed resident of a retirement complex in Santa Rosa, Carmen is no kid herself. “I’m going to be 88 in about two weeks,” she said.

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