Coronavirus outbreak poses special challenge for grandparents raising children

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The coronavirus pandemic poses a special risk and challenge to grandparents raising young children. 

"It's been a little rough, something I have to get used to,” said 69-year-old Juanita Cox, who is raising four grandchildren ranging in age from 7 to 16. 

But with coronavirus warnings that seniors like her should stay inside as much as possible, it's been a challenge to keep the kids occupied.

"I'm the type of person that likes to go outside and do things. But for now, with me and my grandchildren, I just let them play their games, do school work or a board game to keep them occupied during this crisis," she said. 

Cox said thankfully, her teen grandson can get supplies when the family needs them.  

But other seniors are not as fortunate.

"It was hard before but it is harder now for grandparents,” said Jean Hackney, who is on the board of Grands As Parents, a North Philadelphia-based group that helps grandparent caregivers. 

Hackney said they are connecting grandparents to resources like stocked stores and delivery services to lessen the number of trips out.

"They have to be able to feed these children,” Hackney said. 

Senior Law Center staff are all on call servicing older Pennsylvanians, and executive director Karen Buck said seniors should reach out and ask questions.

"There are many COVID-19 scams and forms of exploitation afoot,” Buck said. 

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