Most likely, dementia 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. This session will share tips on how to care for patients living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia illnesses within residential communities and home-based settings. Attendees will also learn about available resources provided through the Alzheimer’s Association.
Presenter: Kathi Herried
CE’s are offered for licensed nursing home administrators and social workers.
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