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Alzheimer's Association: Covid-19 & Tips for when you are providing care at home
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Posted: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:24 PM
Joined: 8/17/2011
Posts: 358


Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for the flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. For example, people living with Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. In addition, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.  


Caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and all other dementia should follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and consider the following tips:  

  • For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice.   

  • People living with dementia may need extra and/or written reminders and support to remember important hygienic practices from one day to the next. 

    • Consider placing signs in the bathroom and elsewhere to remind people with dementia to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds.  

    • Demonstrate thorough hand-washing.  

    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be a quick alternative to hand-washing if the person with dementia cannot get to a sink or wash his/her hands easily.   

  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.   

  • Think ahead and make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult day care, respite, etc. be modified or cancelled in response to COVID19.   

  • Think ahead and make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.  

Remember that additional support is only a call or click away through our 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 and this community.   


We reminded everyone yesterday that it is best to get Covid-19 information from trusted sources like the Center for Disease Control website. We also asked everyone to refrain from all political posts during this time. To clarify, you are welcome to post links to trusted sites for helpful information. We will remove posts that are political or contentious in nature as we strive to foster a safe, warm and supportive community.

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