To the Editor:
My wife and I are very blessed to have our mothers with us and we hope you cherish your elder family members also. One just turned 90 and the other is due to achieve this milestone in a few months. During a recent trip they commented recently on how they were born and remember the Great Depression, the years leading up to and through WWII when they lost many friends and neighbors, the Korean Conflict, again losing more of their generation, the Cuba Missile Crisis and then to Vietnam, loosing sons and daughters, several more economic downturns and then the Middle East wars, more losses but this time it was their grandchildren. They, as part of “The Greatest Generation,” made sacrifices during those trying times we will hopefully never have to deal with. They are, however, more devastated by the COVID-19 virus, which has isolated them from so many family, friends and programs they depended on. Their world is upside down and even with great telephone, email, FaceTime, Facebook, Zoom and other electronic ways to connect them to others, it just don’t cut it for them. I can agree that it is, as they said, “a world turned upside down.” As relatives we can make every effort to try and fill the voids created by the virus, but we are hard-pressed in doing so. There is no clear-cut solution for them, or anyone but to wait for a proven vaccine to free the world from the COVID-19 pandemic. I must hopefully ask that everyone and anyone who knows of a person who has been shut in or re-shut in by the pandemic to contact them whether they live next door, four blocks away or 3,000 miles away. If you do nothing, give them a shoulder to cry on and to rely on during these tough times.