The COVID-19 pandemic has placed added stress on already burdened families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
At times like this caregivers can feel especially isolated and overwhelmed.
Alzheimer's Tennessee, in partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, offers this series of videos designed to help family caregivers take care of their loved ones and themselves during these troubled times.
Caregiving Challenges Presented by COVID
Licensed Social Worker Cheryl Blanchard outlines some of the special challenges facing caregivers and their loved ones who may feel isolated by COVID restrictions. She offers tips on how to spot issues and deal with them before they become a problem.
Practical Help for Caregivers During COVID
Eileen Poiley is the Director of Education at the University of South Florida Byrd Alzheimer’s Research Institute in Tampa, Florida. She helps caregivers understand how COVID restrictions can be especially concerning for those living with dementia and offers practical tips for dealing with them.
Communication and Challenging Behaviours during COVID
Social isolation and disrupted routines caused by COVID can make it hard to cummunicate with those living with dementia and ramp up challenging behaviors. Licensed Social Worker Cheryl Blanchard offers communication tips and helps you fugure out what your loved one is trying to tell you.
Stress Reduction for Caregivers During COVID
Caring for a loved one with dementia is stressful in the best of times. COVID restrictions have only increased the problem. Dementia care expert Eileen Poiley offers strategies to help reduce stress felt by caregivers.
Activities of Engagement in a COVID World
Kareen King is a Registered Drama Therapist and Creative Engagement Specialist. She will help you discover exciting new ways to provide meaningful and engaging experiences for older adults as well as creative care-giving tools for those isolated together with a loved one living with dementia.
These resources are supported in part by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, HRSA Grant 1-U1Q-HP 033085-01-00