By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer
At the age of 84, Anna Corlington relies heavily on the hospitality of neighbors when winter weather hits.
The longtime Clovis resident, who was widowed more than a decade ago, found herself housebound after more than 10 inches of snow covered the area.
“I know my limitations,” Corlington said, “and I know better than to risk driving on icy roads.”
Corlington walks with the assistance of a cane and cooks the majority of her meals in a microwave. She said her neighbors have been stopping by often to bring in her paper, walk her dog and run errands.
“I’m lucky,” Corlington said. “I know some people that don’t have a network of helpers like I have.”
As she said, other senior citizens aren’t as lucky.
Vee Lucas, director of the Older Adults Department for the city of Clovis, said many elderly residents are suffering because of the inclement weather.
Lucas said the Curry County Resident Senior Meals Association, which delivers meals weekdays to homebound seniors, has not operated for the last two days.
“We had to close due to the weather, which means a good number (of seniors) are missing meals,” Lucas said.
Once the weather clears, service will resume, Lucas said.
In the meantime, Lucas said she has been busy calling clients to check on their well-being.
“Many of them have caretakers,” she said. “But, I wanted to let them know the meals could not be delivered.”
Lucas is also putting together emergency kits that include gallons of water, flashlights, radios and batteries she plans to deliver to the homebound.
While the senior services are unavailable, Lucas said there is no reason why senior citizens should have to suffer.
“It is so simple,” she said. “Check on your neighbors.”
Cold weather tips for senior citizens
—Close blinds and curtains to prevent heat loss from your home.
—Set thermostats to 70 degrees.
—Eat a well-balanced diet because eating is important to
maintaining health and keeping heat inside your body.
—Continue drinking at least six to eight glasses of water daily to avoid dehydration.
—Wear nonskid shoes or boots if you venture outside.
—Have salt or sand applied to icy areas
—Replace rubber tips on canes.