I was knocking and biking for six hours of campaigning in Ward One today (So. Attleboro). My message is ringing true. We need to reach out more to home bound seniors.
Today I met a 90 year old man. Albert lost his wife last year, just got out of the hospital with a heart issue, is racked with loneliness since nobody has visited him since he got back home. “I am lonely”, he stammered. “The Visiting Nurses haven’t seen me.” Albert didn’t know what to do. I suggested he call his primary care doctor and request a referral so the VNA can see him. He had no idea that he needed to talk with his primary. The social worker at the hospital had not set up home visits. He was lost. All his friends are gone.
Albert is sick with loneliness, anxiety, and confusion. He has no one to love him.
Attleboro needs to budget and hire an outreach worker for the Senior Center. I plan to work on this project should I be elected in November. The budget is tight and but I intend to do everything in my power to find the money to approve an outreach worker to support Attleboro’s homebound seniors.
Today, I also met Edie, an 84 year old South Attleboro woman who lives alone in her apartment. She was delighted to open the door when I knocked. “Come on in”, she said. “Ty, can you help me get a job? No one wants me to work anymore. I can’t survive just on social security. My car has broken down and I can’t drive anymore. I don’t have the money for another car but I’ll keep on looking.”
I suggested she call the Senior Center and ask how to purchase Dial-a-ride tickets. “Better yet, you could go up to the Senior Center and have lunch five days a week. You could play cards, bingo, join a sewing group, lots of fun activities. It beats sitting here by yourself listening to the TV all day long.”
By the time I left her apartment, Edie was smiling and said “Thank you, Ty. I’m going to make that call.”
But Edie needs a follow up call lest she sink back into her depressed state of mind. She needs an outreach worker who will bring her to the Senior Center for lunch, introduce her to a few seniors, and show her how to buy the Dial–Ride Tickets, and set her on the path of the living.
Edie has a beautiful smile…. all she needs is a helping hand.
Albert and Edie live on streets all over Attleboro. Let’s introduce them to the Larson Senior Center. Let’s reach out to them.
After all ….. someday each of us could be in the same predicament as Albert and Edie….
From a day on Ty’s Campaign Trail… July 12, 2018.