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Dementia Care During COVID-19

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While caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another dementia, you may notice a change in their behavior since the onset of COVID-19. Changes in regular routine can lead to increased feelings of stress, anxiety, and confusion, and can even make the person's dementia symptoms worse. Here are some tips for caring for your loved one during this challenging time:  

  • Firstly, have empathy for what they are going through. Keep positive. Your loved one will sense if you are stressed.  
  • Establish a daily routine. Do chores together, cook together, keep mom and dad engaged and show them that they're needed. Have an afternoon tea party, look through old photo albums or even a happy hour!
  • Get outside when you can. Go on short walks, do some gardening or sit out on the back deck on a nice day.  
  • Dedicate an hour each day to listen to music. Music can be very therapeutic for people living with dementia.  
  • Engage your loved one with videos online. Museums have online resources that can be lots of fun for your loved one to look through. Broadway also has online recordings that your loved one might be interested in. 
  • Socialization is the treatment for dementia. Even in a time of social distancing, it's important to have your loved one connect with family via Facetime or Zoom.  
  • Create a loving supportive environment. Limit the news, which can increase unnecessary fear and stoke or incite anxiety. Put happy shows on or some old movies. You can often find old comedies on TV that they will remember watching.  
  • Think of a plan B. You need to have a plan in place if you become unwell. Here are a few options – 1) talk to family and friends about what support they would be able to provide, 2) speak with an agency that provides in-home senior care (Home Instead Senior Care), and 3) speak with Continuing Care programs provided by the government.  

Call your local Alzheimer's Society for more information on how they can help support you. Here are some tips the Alzheimer's Society has put together for with people with dementia, caregivers and families: Alzheimer's Society Blog COVID-19 tips.

For more information on how we can help you and your loved one during COVID-19, give us a call at 902-800-7563. Watch a live chat for tips on how to care for a loved one during this time here: Tips on Dementia Care in a Time of Social Distancing.



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