(UNDATED) – 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 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
The majority of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are over age 65, putting them at the highest risk for complications from COVID-19. This is especially true if a person with dementia has other chronic conditions of the heart and lungs or diabetes.
While dementia itself most likely does not increase the risk for COVID-19, dementia-related behaviors might. For example, people with dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions. In addition, viruses like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help families take the necessary measures to cope with such extraordinary circumstances. This includes virtual support groups, care consultations by phone, online education programs, and other resources at alz.org or the free, 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900. Tips are also available at alz.org/covid19.