Dear Family and Friends,
At this uncertain time, the Judy Fund is keeping each one of you in our hearts. We hope you and your families are staying well and coping as best you can. Please take care of yourselves as you take care of others.
We want to share with you that during the COVID-19 crisis, the Alzheimer's Association continues to be available for those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk. For example, people with Alzheimer's or another dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness.
Thanks to your past support of The Judy Fund, the Alzheimer's Association continues to be available to all affected by this disease with facts, resources and support. Here are answers to a few questions you or your loved ones might be asking:
Q. What can caregivers do?
A. Caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer's or another dementia should follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Alzheimer's Association also has shared tips for dementia caregivers at home and for caregivers of individuals in assisted living. In addition, we have recommendations to help caregivers stay healthy. Visit alz.org/covid19 to learn more.
Q. Are Association support groups canceled?
A. Alzheimer's Association support groups are continuing; however, they are being conducted virtually via phone or video conference. Please contact our 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) for details.
Q. Where else can I get support?
A. As always, the Association's 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) remains open. This free service offers confidential support and information to people living with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and the public.
Sending love and support to each of you,
Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Chair, The Judy Fund