Covid-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers
Most likely, Alzheimer's and other dementias does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.
For example, people with Alzheimer's disease and all other dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. In addition, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.
As communities and care services begin reopening, it is important for caregivers to consider the risks and take additional safety precautions for people living with dementia.