Talk to Him

Recently, someone died alone.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/he-served-10-presidents-but-died-alone-in-squalor-what-happened-to-theodoric-c-james/2011/08/11/gIQAdz5zDJ_story_1.html

Some people say he should have been “involuntarily committed”.

What about just talking with him.  Maybe sit for a bit.  Invite him over to tea or coffee on your porch.

Maybe gently edge on over, weeding one’s own yard, and help him with his.

Ask him what he likes to do.

Read a book with him.

Work the conversation around to check on what meds he’s taking.  Maybe some had side effects or weren’t working out well.

Maybe just sit together for a spell.

Ask him about politics, philosophy.

Yeah, ok he had a hygiene problem. Maybe more than that.  That’s what front porches are for. (well, maybe not for some of the things he was doing on his front porch.) I meant getting out in the air – if someone has a problem, from med side effects or whatever, that’s too much in an enclosed space,  it could help to talk out in the air and upwind of them. . .

Figure it out people – help them extricate from the vicious circle of being lost, and not knowing how to make themselves useful and connect with others.

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