COVID-19 can pose a significant risk to those living with dementia. This is for several reasons, but largely because 95% of those who have dementia are over the age of 65. So far, we know the virus has the most severe effect on older people and vulnerable groups and this is why the government has asked for those in this category to stay indoors for 12 weeks. This is not at all straightforward, but there are ways you can help to make life easier for people with dementia whilst COVID-19 is an active problem.
The below are Alzheimer’s Society recommendations.
People who have dementia are likely experiencing increased confusion and elevated levels of loneliness, anxiety and fear during this pandemic due to social distancing methods. It’s important we try our best to minimise these feelings whilst keeping these people safe. As a carer for a person with dementia, situations are challenging enough without the added stress of what is taking place around the world. You can reach out for help from Dementia UK at the following number if you are feeling overwhelmed or are in need of advice on how to cope: 0800 888 6678. Alternatively, you can email [email protected]
Below are some helpful links for managing dementia during this difficult period.