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Living in isolation: Older adults reveal the daily challenges of social distancing

Original post made on Apr 3, 2020

Some have lost caregivers in their homes. Others have been forced to cancel travel plans. We're sharing stories from about a dozen older adults about how the COVID-19 shutdown has affected seniors in the community.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 3, 2020, 6:58 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 3, 2020 at 9:18 am

Even those who are quite mobile, but living at home on their own, can see challenges - particularly if they are not tech savvy. If they are used to being able to help care for grandchildren, do grocery shopping, attend social gatherings and church services, and suddenly they are not able to do these and have no internet or smart phone, their homes are turning into prisons and the message they hear is "stay home and rot".

I would not be at all be surprised to hear of some terrible outcomes from this.


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Posted by Resident 2
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Home-based care for seniors, adults, children, and pets is considered an essential service (Sec. 13 f xxii of Santa Clara County Public Health Department Order, Web Link)

People who are struggling taking care of family members, unless quarantined or in isolation, should contact homecare health services for help.

My neighbors in their nineties are very pleased with the service they are receiving.


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Posted by A Word To The Wise
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 22, 2020 at 7:56 am

> "I would not be at all be surprised to hear of some terrible outcomes from this."

^^^ Concurring...elders suffering from dementia will probably fare better than those cognizant of their isolation & who do not have other outlets (i.e. internet access, hobbies/interests etc.) and mobility options.

>> "People who are struggling taking care of family members, unless quarantined or in isolation, should contact homecare health services for help."

^^^Easier said then done...24/7 elder caretakers expenses can run $7K monthly.

>>>"Watching years of marriage ends up hurting more than hell itself."

^^^Especially if one is hit with alimony & child support payments + ex-spousal re-education/job training expenses. One failed marriage is bad enough...2-3 divorces equates to fiscal disaster for the payee (male or female).

Best bet is to always get a prenup OR live together unmarried & not have any children.


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