Elderly should be extra careful in snow, says official

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Feb 13, 2014 3:20 PM

(Harrisburg) -- As the snow piles up in the midstate, the elderly are a concern for state Secretary of Aging Brian Duke


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He says with snow totals ranging from four to 14.5 inches across the region, it's important for older residents to think of themselves first, and ask for help if its needed.

"We don't want people out there shoveling heavy, heavy snow, or taking risks that could endanger themselves. Always make sure they take care of themselves first," he says

Duke says neighbors, friends, or family should try to help out by shoveling driveways and sidewalks if possible, and checking on the elderly.

"Please stay safe. This has been a harsh winter, and we encourage them to take care of themselves, and reach out for help through the local area agency on aging if they need it," he adds. "They're there to serve and to help and we hope that's a way of reaching out for what you may need."

The snow is expected to taper off this afternoon, although a winter weather warning remains in effect until 10 PM for the entire witf listening area.

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