In an age where communicating with a friend or family member on the other side of the world takes no more than a few clicks of a mouse, or a few taps on a cell phone screen, research indicates that we are, as a society, more lonely than we have ever been.
It’s very human to feel that holidays should be happy times, with generations of traditions coming to the forefront. After all, we say we celebrate holidays. Doesn’t that mean happiness? The reality, however, is that many people can feel isolated and lonely during this sometimes forced “season of good will.”
Elders can have an especially hard time with the holiday season. If they have no family close by, or family who can travel, they are left alone and must rely on the generosity of neighbors and friends.
Ninety-four-year-old World War II Army Veteran Herman Perry lives alone. With family out of state, only his veteran neighbors were looking out for him. They tried calling him but he wouldn’t answer their phone calls. When they didn’t see or hear from him over the course of several days, they decided to call the police — just to be sure.
When police arrived, Perry told the officers them “he simply didn’t hear the phone ringing, and couldn’t get around because of a recent injury.” But when the elderly veteran said that “it was nice to have visitors,” the officers did something amazing.
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