During my time in IMU for quarantine, one of the most unique revelations happened when I returned to my prison and my friends… I got to speak. For 16 days, I said nothing. Maybe a few words every few days to a medical staff member, but no conversation at all. I was quiet. It wasn’t until I got back and talked to EVERYONE that I notice my throat getting sore. It hurt like I was at a concert or football game the night before. But my voice atrophied a little in the short time I was away and it hit me like a ton of bricks… what about those folks in senior centers who experience the same thing for years?

Here’s a challenge… call a local nursing home and get patched into a room, any room, of a senior citizen who can’t see their family because of Covid or worse, has no family, and get them on the horn to tell them hello and have them tell you how they are. If you can’t volunteer to see these folks, please call them to let them know that they have a voice and you want to listen. I spent a mere 16 days without talking… call someone who’s spent years like that. Maybe just wish them a happy holiday season and ask them what they want for Christmas. But get them to say something… anything…

by Rory Andes

I wish I could do more for seniors who have to live like I do…

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