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Dementia and Coronavirus
Posted on 30 Mar 2020
Advice for people affected by dementia
Alzheimer's Society have created advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them - either in the same household or from a distance, to help during the coronavirus pandemic. These include:
- Helping prevent the virus from spreading by washing your hands often with soap and water (or if this isn't possible, a hand sanitiser). And cleaning things you handle a lot such as remote controls and taps.
- Arranging getting essentials like medicine and food, by speaking to you GP or local pharmacy, using online delivery services, or asking a friend, family memeber or community volunteer for help.
- Making a plan of what to do if you or the person you care for become unwell, such as leaving the number(s) to call prominently displayed.
- Staying active with gentle exercises and activities like reading, jigsaw puzzles, listening to music, knitting, watching or listening to the TV and radio.
- Keeping connected with family and friends by phone, post, email or Skype. This is a challenging time for everyone, but a phone call can make all the difference.
If you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call the Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
Visit Alzheimer's Society website for the most up to date information and advice.