Companion Homemaker will make life easier for widower

2013-12-16T19:00:00Z 2013-12-16T19:56:10Z Companion Homemaker will make life easier for widowerAnnette Arnold annette.arnold@nwi.com, (219) 548-4359 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Connie, 92, hopes to continue having a Companion Homemaker at his home. He could use the help.

His wife, Margaret, died in July. They were married for 65 years. The Christmas for the Elderly program will help make his wish of a Companion Homemaker come true.

The Visiting Nurse Association and The Times Media Co. jointly sponsor Christmas for the Elderly, which has raised more than $630,000 in the past 26 years. This money helps improve quality of lives for Porter County residents. Last year, 532 donors gave more than $46,000 to provide equipment and help to seniors.

"I really need the help now," he said. "I don't get around too much anymore and I have trouble standing and walking because of my balance."

Connie, born in Romania, left there many years ago and met his wife while in Germany. He has been retired for 32 years after working 32 years at Inland Steel.

"I pretty much stay at home," he said. "I don't drive anymore."

The VNA is accepting donations to help Connie and others who need assistance. The Times will publish profiles in Porter County editions about seniors who benefit from the community's financial support.

The VNA is a nonprofit home health agency licensed by the state.

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