Our Dementia Friendly programs and initiatives, like so much else on this planet, are on hold for a while. We will get through this; when we do, we will resume efforts to reduce the difficulties that people living with dementia face in the community. Meanwhile, here are a few things that might be of help during our time of constrained community life:
The Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org/gmc) has a series of resources, including:
tips for caregiving in this Covid 19 era
virtual support groups
on-line (self-paced) classes
virtual classes led by live instructors
a 24/7 helpline 800-272 3900
Until we are able to hold the in-person Memory Cafes we had planned, you can find some virtual substitutes:
Virtual memory cafes available at: https://www.memorycafedirectory.com/
Here is a somewhat informative webinar about caregiving in the age of covid:
Dementia and Coronavirus - Tips and Resources
Just like everyone else in the world right now, we are paying attention to COVID-19 and trying to understand how it is impacting, and will impact, the people we care about.
Organizations around the world have started publishing tips and resources for people with dementia and their caregivers when it comes to preventing illness and caring for someone while in isolation.
Our friends at Rethinking Dementia in Grand Rapids have put together some helpful resources and links. In addition, the end of this article features information about virtual support groups and phone support that anyone may take advantage of while we are unable to gather for such things in person.
Click here to read.