The Covid-19 virus and social distancing present special challenges to aging adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia, and their families. Their need for engaging social contact, love, and a sense of security is more important now than ever before. The most important steps to minimizing the feeling of isolation is staying in touch, being calm and reaffirming you are there and love them.
We headlined this message ‘Social Distancing Yes for Alzheimer’s, but Social Isolation No’ for a good reason. We cannot afford to ignore the need to maintain safe distances. However, as care management consultants we have found we can minimize the impacts of Covid-19 and social distancing on health and well-being by:
To accomplish this, we have started virtual care management, family support, health management and physical therapy exercise programs.
To help our client’s keep engage with families and improve their quality of life we have also started our Life Enrichment Therapeutic Activity program.