While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for the 190,000 Michiganders living with Alzheimer’s and their 518,000 caregivers.
To help family caregivers navigate the current complex and quickly changing environment, the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is offering additional support and guidance to families, including:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers – This includes helping people living with Alzheimer’s practice safe hygiene. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementia may forget to wash their hands or follow other precautions to ensure safe hygiene. Caregivers are encouraged to be extra vigilant in helping individuals practice safe hygiene.
Dial-in support groups– The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter has announced free online support groups to help offer caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia social interaction, educational information and support as the world addresses the COVID-19 outbreak.
Education programs – The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter has announced a wide variety of online or dial-in educational programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s, as well as for community members and health care professionals. Programs range from basic introductory material to in-depth multi-part sessions.
In-home tips and resources for daily activities – For the 518,000 Michiganders providing care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia here in the Mitten, COVID-19 means getting even more creative with daily schedules and activities for their loved ones
As always, the Alzheimer’s Association is available to individuals 24/7 for around-the-clock care and support at 800-272-3900 or alz.org.
More information on the status of Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter meetings, events and activities can be found at alz.org/gmc.