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Living, and Dying, at Home

Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, May 1, 2015  | Published on 5/12/2015

A few years back, a Domino’s pizza delivery worker named Susan Guy began to worry about one of her elderly customers, Jean Wilson, who had ordered a pizza a day for three years. Guy hadn't received an order from Wilson for a few days, so she went to Wilson’s house and knocked on the door. When Wilson didn’t answer, Guy checked with a neighbor and then called the police, who beat down the door and found that the elderly woman had fallen and was unable to reach the phone to call for help. The woman was rushed to the hospital, and survived the ordeal.


The story illustrates one of the biggest fears many seniors and their families face about aging alone. What if something should happen? What if no one is there to help?

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