“Caring for family members with Alzheimer’s can already be extremely challenging, especially now during the difficult times we are faced with,” said Yednock. “Those who provide care to those facing memory loss diseases may need additional support or assistance as they continue to provide care in a challenging environment with added risks.”
The Alzheimer’s Association has support options for those that affected by the disease and their caregivers. Support services include:
• Support Groups
• ALZConnected: An online community for people living with dementia and their family members available 24/7
• On Demand Training
• Care Consultation
Although Alzheimer’s and dementia are not directly linked to a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, the cognitive effects of the disease accompanied by increased age and other underlying conditions may put those with dementia at risk, as senior may forget to wash their hands or take other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Respiratory infections like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen the effects of dementia as well.
“Educational support services such as these are needed for caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer’s to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic,” said Yednock. “Caregivers play such a vital role for many loved ones across our communities, and these services may be beneficial or helpful to those that need additional support or care in these uncertain times.”
For information on these support services, call the Alzheimer’s Association free, 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 and visit alz.org/COVID19 to learn how you and your loved one with dementia can stay healthy.