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can I appeal to oldies (like me!) to accept help when it is offered? again like me, I'm sure a lot of older people want to preserve as much of their independence as possible but it was recently pointed out to me that, if you refuse, the offer may not be made to anyone else --perhaps someone who is in real need of help with getting a shopping trolley on or off the bus, for instance the person offering help often feels pleased that they could do so .I heard "Leave me alone" some weeks ago but that was rare and sad. I get a smile when I say, in answer to "can I help you?" "yes please if you've got a cure for gout"!