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Check on your neighbors

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - Neighbors found the body of an elderly woman in Kennewick after they did not see her for three weeks and a similar situation happened just days ago in Benton County.

With baby boomers aging there is going to be a drastic increase in the number of older folks, so taking time out of your day to check on your older neighbors could save a life.    

On the 65-hundred block of West Kennewick Court a woman did not see her elderly neighbor for three weeks.  She checked and found her dead in her home.  Police encouraged people to call if they think something is wrong.

Kennewick Police Sergeant Brian Swartswalter said, "I would rather check and it be a false alarm then have them not call, have a long time go by and find out there is a problem."

Seniors make up more than 14 percent of the population throughout Washington and in 15 years that number is expected to reach 21 percent.

Jim Cummins volunteers for Meals on Wheels and said many seniors do not have family around and need to be checked on.  He said, "Pay a little attention to the people in your neighborhood. I would suggest to check on your old neighbors and call the police or somebody if there's no life in the place."

Cummins said, "I think a lot of time we may be the only contact they have with another person all day."

He offers some advice and said, "I tell people, pay attention to that kind of stuff. Your day will come and it might be nice to have somebody check on you."