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Editorial: Facing a Snowy Winter?

If last winter was any indication, we might well be facing a very snowy winter again this year. So far this season we are spoiled with early autumn-like days that lull us into thinking we might be spared major snowstorms this year. However, the fact remains we may yet face a cold, snowy winter like last year and we can’t forget the very real problems that the white stuff can cause for the elderly.

As December comes every year I find myself discussing the weather with friends and debating the health risks related to snow shoveling. One year a friend told me how he had bought a snow blower, to make the clean-up easier, less strenuous, and he added that he also took the time to clean the snow for his elderly neighbor. How very kind, how very thoughtful!

Too often the elderly, or those who are ill, do not have the means to afford nor the ability to find someone to help out in a snowstorm. These neighbors are really at risk, possibly having to walk on slippery snow and ice, and maybe facing a food or medicine shortage if they cannot get out. A little extra time, a little more work, a phone call, maybe a few extra items to add to your shopping list is all it takes. And it will mean so much to that neighbor in need.

So please, when the cold weather blows our way and snow blankets the peninsula, don’t forget to check on your neighbors who just can’t do it all by themselves. Give them a hand. Trust me, it will make you both very happy.

- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman