Respiratory infections like influenza and COVID-19 create additional challenges for people living with Alzheimer's and other dementia, their families and caregivers. Long-term care settings are especially vulnerable. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer's Association implored state and federal policymakers to implement policy solutions to address the immediate and long-term issues impacting care providers. As long as infection risk from COVID-19 and influenza remains, we continue to work to protect those most at-risk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for dementia care professionals

Get guidance for providing Alzheimer's and dementia care in long-term and community-based care settings during a major disease outbreak or disaster.

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All care settings should have strong testing, reporting and surge activation protocols in place to ensure the safety of residents, staff and visitors. These should include frequent hand-washing or sanitization and mask wearing when residents, staff or visitors have symptoms of respiratory illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the latest guidance based on best practices.