“FRIDAY, April 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The coronavirus pandemic will put extra stress on caregivers of loved ones with dementias, so the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers some advice.
“Reducing stress is always important for caregivers, and even more so now,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO.
“Disruptions in daily routines, social isolation and anxiety are all added stressors caused by the coronavirus, but there are steps caregivers can take to help reduce stress and take care of themselves so that they can continue to provide care to their loved ones,” he said in a foundation news release.
The organization offered these pointers:
- Social distancing doesn’t mean cutting off contact with others. Caregivers can use video chats, phone calls, text messages and emails to stay in touch with loved ones and friends.
- Strive to be adaptable and upbeat. Your attitude can also influence the person you’re caring for, the foundation pointed out. Try to focus on situations in a constructive way. For example, if your loved one’s adult day program is now closed, plan some easy, fun activities at home to keep them engaged.
- Focus on things you can control. That includes following public health guidelines, eating properly, following a routine, getting a good night’s sleep and prioritizing self-care.
- Try to refresh your mind. Exercise, yoga, meditating, listening to music or deep breathing can help relax your mind and reduce stress. Figure out which steps work for you and do them regularly.
- Stay informed, but overloading on news can add to your stress. Constantly checking social media can increase anxiety levels. It’s also important to get your news from trusted sources — such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or your state/local health department. It’s also a good idea to set a schedule for news updates: for example, 6 p.m. every night for 30 minutes.
- Talking about your stress can help ease it. That can include people on your support team, a professional or even a stranger. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Helpline (866-232-8484) has licensed social workers available for caregivers seven days a week to provide support or just listen.
Playing hallway bingo at this nursing home while social distancing, what a great idea!
“SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Certain stores are setting aside time to serve some of the most vulnerable people in our region: those over 65. “I made it a point to come early,” said Pam Orner, a senior. Orner stepped out Thursday morning to get what she needed from the Safeway near her midtown home. “We gotta be protected. I debated this morning ‘do I shop online and have them deliver?’ I was weighing precautions one way or the other,” she said.
Orner is taking extra steps to protect against the coronavirus. That includes carrying a pocket-size container of hand sanitizer and avoiding touching anything and everything she comes in contact with. “I was able to keep my distance it was a pretty light crowd,” she said. She is one of the many seniors taking advantage of Safeway’s new policy devoting the first two hours of business Tuesdays and Thursdays to serving those 65 and up. “It’s great, it’s great. Especially for my mom. I don’t want to see her get sick. She helps a lot of people,” said Richard Cooley….”
“There is a significant gap between the number of U.S. adults who want to age in place and those who actually believe they will be able to do so.
That’s according to a new national survey involving 2,750 U.S. adults conducted by Edelman Intelligence on behalf of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a product and solutions company specializing in kidney care.
Specifically, 65% of surveyed adults say they want to age in place. But only 33% — roughly half — believe they’re equipped to make that happen.”
“SAN FRANCISCO, California —
Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco say they are a step closer to diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease with a blood test.
The test measures blood levels of certain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s. In four hundred older adults, who had brain scans and spinal fluid tests, scientists found blood protein levels were three and a half times higher in people with confirmed Alzheimer’s Disease compared to healthy peers….”