Resources For Dementia Caregivers During Covid-19
by Zara Jethani
While having dementia does not increase the risk of getting the coronavirus, the populations that are more susceptible to Covid-19 are those who tend to also be affected by dementia-related symptoms.
Being a caregiver for a family member or friend who has dementia during the COVID-19 health crisis can add anxiety and additional burden to daily life. Even during the most optimistic of times being a caregiver can be a stressful role, and those shouldering overwhelming responsibilities can become melancholy and disconnect from healthy self-care practices.
Over the long-term, the lack of readily available tools and resources to lighten stress levels could end up having a profound negative impact on caregivers’ physical and physiological state, work productivity, social connectedness and ultimately psychological well-being.
It’s critically important that caregivers prioritize their own mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic so you can stay well after this acute crisis is over.
Sarah McEwen, PhD, NSCA-CPT, Director of Research and Programming, and Mihae Kim, AGNP-BC, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, at the Pacific Brain Health Center have put together a comprehensive guide of resources for caregivers of patients living with dementia.
About the Author
Zara is the marketing director at Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Her background is in molecular genetics research and healthcare marketing. In addition, she is a graphic designer with more than 20 years experience in the healthcare, education and entertainment industries.
Last updated: April 30th, 2020