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Seniors face added challenges during pandemic

The home is the safest place to be for those looking to avoid the current pandemic, especially to senior members of the community. Though the world is opening back up, the threat of COVID-19 has yet to go away. The elderly population is at a higher risk of being severely affected by the virus.

Home Instead Senior Care has been serving the Middle Peninsula for 12 years, providing nonmedical in-home care for the elderly. Stephanie Derry, Client Care Manager for HISC, said that it’s not impossible for anyone to go right now, but seniors may need to go out with added caution.

Seniors may want to limit their trips to help limit their chances of exposures. Going out to get the essentials from grocery stores should be a top priority for most. Derry said that seniors should try to find the down times (less busy) of their local markets. Some stores are open for strictly elderly hours, but she worries that bringing in all the high-risk people into one building at one time could be dangero...

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