Seniors Hit Particularly Hard By Post Office Announcement

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior citizens in Iowa City are disappointed and concerned that the U.S. Postal Service will soon end Saturday delivery. The postal service made the announcement Wednesday, although they will continue to deliver packages, medications and priority or express mail on the weekend.

"The mail has always been important, everyone looks forward to the mail," said Mary Wall, 81, of Iowa City. "I'm going to miss it on Saturdays."

Wall fears that the loss of six-day-a-week mail delivery could create a dangerous situation in some communities, especially for seniors.

"If the mail is still in the box from the day before, (the postal worker) knows something is up and can check," she said. "He keeps an eye on things, he knows if things have changed because he knows the community and I think it's a real service."

Letter carriers also become close friends over time, said Phyllis Lance, 81, also of Iowa City.

"I know my postal worker and I give him a little plate of goodies at Christmas," Lance said with a smile. "And he writes us a little note."

At the Iowa City Senior Center there are multiple programs devoted to helping seniors learn new skills like email or Facebook. The center also offers technology mentoring. Some mentors are as young as 14-years-old.

"We have many different workshops," said Emily Light, community outreach specialist at the senior center. "We want everyone to feel that they can use technology."
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