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What If My Mom Refuses to Be Safe in a Pandemic?

Senior woman and home caregiver

The coronavirus pandemic has been an educational and challenging experience for all of us. Family caregivers are just one of the groups experiencing these challenges in a variety of different ways; from balancing family and work to managing kids’ and parents’ care, but the most common is trying to keep senior parents safe and healthy.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 8 out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths are among adults aged 65 years and older. The United States is not the only country with these eye-opening statistics, reports from across the world show older individuals are at a far-higher risk of contracting the virus than those younger.

However, after discussing the numerous reports and statistics, there are still some seniors who do not believe that they are at risk of contracting the virus. It is causing severe tension in families across the nation. Adult children are trying their best to provide parents with the necessary information and medical advice but are having a difficult time convincing their loved ones to stay socially distant and safe.

If this sounds like your family, you are NOT alone. Many sons and daughters are racking their brains but are still coming up short on how to convince mom and dad.

The CDC suggests sitting down with seniors to consider their overall health. Are they overweight? Do they have diabetes or high cholesterol? Discussing these topics openly with seniors gives them the opportunity to ask questions about their specific conditions and how they affect COVID-19.

Unfortunately, even that discussion may not be enough to convince parents they should not be socializing. In this case, the adult children may have to make peace with their parents’ choices and hope for a compromise on some activities. It is important to continue to provide your loved ones with the latest information as it comes along and the necessary supplies to stay safe.

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