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New Initiative Aims To Help Family Caregivers In San Diego

Seniors take part in an exercise class twice a week at the College Avenue Old...

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Above: Seniors take part in an exercise class twice a week at the College Avenue Older Adult Center.

New Initiative Aims To Help San Diego Family Caregivers

GUEST:

Michele Parente, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Transcript

There are nearly 650,000 unpaid family caregivers in San Diego County, according to The Southern Caregiver Resource Center.

Most of them are adults taking care of an aging parent and helping with everything from daily errands to coordinating health services and managing finances. The situation can become overwhelming.

Now there's a new place family caregivers can turn to for help. The San Diego Union-Tribune has launched CaregiverSD.com, a new website with information, resources and support for family caregivers.

An official kickoff event will be held Saturday at Liberty Station. The CaregiverSD Community Expo will feature speakers and various local providers.

Michele Parente, who's been writing about aging and the struggles caregivers face, discusses her personal experience as a family caregiver Friday on Midday Edition.

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