Go Grocery Shopping for a Malnourished Neighbor
Grocery shopping can be a harrowing task for elderly and disabled people with mobility problems, visual impairment, poor balance, or physical strength limitations. Inclement weather, out-of-reach items, and impatient cashiers can compound the problem. As a result, some of your elderly and disabled neighbors may be avoiding grocery shopping to the point of malnourishment.
While many of us take for granted the ability to run in and out of a grocery store to grab milk, consider the dilemma this task can present to someone with physical limitations. If she is no longer able to drive or does not have a car, she will either have to walk or take public transportation. Then, she has to maneuver around a store, perhaps using a cane or a motorized cart. Finding items and using self-checkouts can be confusing for someone who may have trouble seeing. Finally, she has to bring her purchases home, balancing what little she can carry as she tries not to trip on the sidewalk or fall while getting on the bus.
Because a trip to the grocery store can be such an ordeal, elderly and disabled people may rely heavily on processed and packaged foods rather than healthier fresh alternatives. Worse yet, they may skip meals altogether when there isn’t anything left in the house to eat.
You can make a difference by offering a ride or a pair of helping hands. But a safe trip is only the beginning. Your intervention might add a few more healthy years to someone's life.
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You can either help with grocery shopping in person or help the elderly and disabled shop for groceries online.
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