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About 13.3 million people over 65 live alone in the U.S., according to stats from the federal government's Administration for Community Level. And at least 10 percent of those people need assistance just to function, either because they have dementia or some physical condition.
And that's what happened last week in a small town in England. An elderly woman came into the supermarket to do her shopping. She picked out flowers and some groceries--and then became very confused and disoriented and couldn't figure out what to do next. She didn't even have her purse with her.
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The staff quickly figured out the reason for her confusion. She had dementia. They kept her calm as they called the police. When the police arrived, one of the officers took her home--with her groceries and flowers that the supermarket staff let her keep for free. She was so frightened, she held the officer's hand on the drive there. Then he helped her put away her shopping, put the flowers in a vase by the window, and then said goodbye.
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As the police department explained in its Facebook post, these officers deal with dementia on a DAILY basis. The officers always call social services so that someone can locate the family and figure out the next steps. But we can't help get over the kindness of strangers--and how one officer helped soothe the fears of this unnamed elderly lady.
You can read the post below--and see how nicely the officer arranged her flowers!
via FB Newswire