Karen Farris on National Good Neighbor Day

More than 8 million older adults suffer isolation and it’s becoming a health epidemic. Prolonged isolation is as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Yet, isolation can happen at any age. National Good Neighbor Day, on September 28, is all about connecting with those around us.

Back when I was a young kid, good neighbors were just about all there were. Bad neighbors? I never heard my parents complain, and it seemed in my juvenile perspective that on my block, everyone looked out for everyone else.

Especially Mrs. Demers.

She lived two houses down from mine and my earliest recollections were of going either to her house and playing while Mom visited or vice versa.

Laughter and cigarette smoke filled the air of our small kitchen. I’m sure there was plenty of grownup talk that I ignored, but when Mom went back to college, it involved long absences after school. Mrs. Demers opened her front door and wave as I walked home from school. She checked on me and my older sister. Often, she had snacks for us too.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Karen Farris