“The COVID-19 health crisis is creating a lot of stress and anxiety for families across the state, as our daily lives have changed dramatically over the last few weeks,” said Mussman. “The uncertainty caused by the virus outbreak can make life even more stressful for caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.”
Mussman is highlighting resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association to help caregivers and Illinoisans living with dementia, including a free helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-272-3900. Other available resources include:
• ALZConnected, an online community for those living with dementia and their family members at alzconnected.org
• Webinars with information for caregivers at alzwebinars.org
• On demand education programs and training courses at training.alz.org
Support groups and care consultation can be accessed by calling the helpline and additional information related to COVID-19 can be found at alz.org/COVID19.
“Caregivers already perform a very difficult job and this stressful time may cause them to feel overwhelmed,” continued Mussman. “I encourage caregivers to take advantage of the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association to learn more about ways to help keep their loved one living with dementia healthy during this unprecedented time.”
Mussman represents the 56th District, which contains portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows and Palatine.