El­derly face many prob­lems when do­ing the shop­ping

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It is not sur­pris­ing that more than 40 per cent of el­derly peo­ple have dif­fi­culty in get­ting their su­per­mar­ket shop­ping home ( May is­sue). I am well aware of the prob­lems. Aged al­most 86, wid­owed last year after al­most 62 years of mar­riage, and no longer per­mit­ted to drive, I am for­tu­nate that there is a re­li­able, hourly ‘bus ser­vice which I use to get to the lo­cal su­per­mar­ket or into the city, around once a week.

How­ever, even us­ing a wheeled shop­ping trol­ley, there is a limit to what can be car­ried home on a bus, and pur­chases usu­ally have to be limited to per­ish­ables - veg­eta­bles, fruit, and so on, which I need to choose for my­self.

Ev­ery few weeks I place an or­der on­line for a de­liv­ery of heavy, bulky or longer­last­ing gro­ceries.

There is one city cen­tre re­tailer, spe­cial­is­ing in frozen foods, which de­liv­ers for a min­i­mum or­der of £20 ( in shop) or £25 ( on­line).

How­ever, the range of gen­eral gro­ceries is limited com­pared with outof-town su­per­mar­kets.

One su­per­mar­ket will de­liver for as lit­tle as £1, de­pend­ing on the day and time, with a min­i­mum or­der of £40. An­other de­liv­ers with­out charge, any day or time, but with a min­i­mum or­der of £60.

Even sev­eral weeks apart, these to­tals are not al­ways easy to achieve.

An­other prob­lem is that many items seem to be aimed at fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially the spe­cial of­fers like ‘buy one, get one half-price’ or ‘three chick­ens for £10’.

There are very few that an el­derly per­son liv­ing alone can take ad­van­tage of. A cab­bage lasts me for a full week, even eaten daily!

RAY WHILEY Ea­ton Nor­folk

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