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LETTER: Elder care residents await your visit

A very important part of our society--including grandparents, aunts, uncles and even people we don't know--live in elder care settings. These elders protected America, served in wars and sacrificed their lives for us. They include elderly women w...

A very important part of our society-including grandparents, aunts, uncles and even people we don't know-live in elder care settings.

These elders protected America, served in wars and sacrificed their lives for us. They include elderly women who dedicated their lives to raising their children, often forgetting themselves and putting the needs of their children first.

If you go to any elderly care center, you will find lonely people who gave everything for us ... but who now are laying in bed and have no visitors during the holidays. It is so easy to stop by to see them, to spread a little cheer and possibly to bring some candy. My grandmother told me that was very important.

They are a forgotten part of society-yet in many cultures, they are treated with the most respect.

I was driving in a grocery store parking lot when I stopped for an older gentleman to help him get his grocery bags in his trunk. He could hardly lift them.

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Is it that hard to take a little time out our shopping and partying times to share some love?

Remember, all of us will be that age eventually. And would we like to be forgotten?

Just one little good deed can make someone sitting in their room feel special at Christmas. Are we really too busy for that?

Nancy Lynn Roethler

Grand Forks

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