The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges for 5M+ Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The recent upending of traditional caregiving resources and structures, across home, adult day services, residential and assisted living facilities and nursing homes, has created new challenges for caregivers. Data from the Alzheimer’s Association indicates 48% of nursing home residents are living with Alzheimer's or other dementias and among older adults in residential care settings, including assisted living, 42% or more have some form of dementia. Still others receive community-based services, including 32% of individuals using home health services and 31% using adult day services.
The Alzheimer’s Association continues to offer free care and support for families through 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) staffed by clinical experts, while local support groups are now being offered via virtual channels for the foreseeable future. Experts including Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, are available to do remote video or phone interviews regarding caregiving, as well as COVID-19 specific tips for those caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Association has newly-updated, web-based resources available now at alz.org/covid19. To learn more about Alzheimer’s and COVID-19 impacts, or schedule interviews, contact [email protected]