Coronavirus & Alzheimer's FAQ
AGI Services During the Outbreak
The Activity Centre won’t reopen until further notice following the recommendations of the Canadian Government.
AGI will continue to support families and caregivers by phone at 514-485-7233 and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Updates will be made available via the AGI website and through our social media.
Be Aware of Coronavirus Symptoms
In most cases, the symptoms will be mild, and you might think you have a cold or the flu.
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
If you experience coronavirus symptoms avoid contact with anyone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia
How to Help Prevent The Spread
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Cough or sneeze into a kleenex. If you don’t have a kleenex, use your elbow NOT your hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone with the above-mentioned symptoms.
- Don’t touch your face!
What to Do If You’re Caring for Someone with Dementia
- Encourage washing hands and use hand sanitizer as much as possible
- You should avoid traveling on public transport
- Avoid events, large groups, social outings (even going to restaurants, bars, and movie theaters)
- Avoid having unnecessary visitors, when they do have a visitor, make sure to use hand sanitizer before seeing anyone
- Make sure they have all the medication they need, and an extra supply
- If they are going to be indoors for a while, encourage gentle exercises and different activities to engage with (reading, puzzles, knitting, watch a new movie or TV series...etc)
- If you can, bring them outside for a walk in a non-population dense area (fresh air never hurt anyone!)
- Keep calm!
Potential COVID-19 Impact on Someone with Dementia
With governments encouraging people not to leave their homes unless necessary, this lends to even more isolating surroundings to those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This can cause an irrational analysis of the epidemic (leading to stress, irritability, and difficulty sleeping).
It can also change their home care arrangement and schedule which can lead to the person with dementia having increased:
- Unstable mood
- Feeling bored due to limited activities
- Sleep disturbances
Be aware that due to their declining memory and comprehension, they may have a poor understanding of infection controls and will be unable to cooperate with care leading to increased conflicts with caregivers.
COVID-19 Impact on Caregivers
As a caregiver for a person living with dementia this outbreak can have an additional impact on you. For both family and professional caregivers, you may experience an increase in anxiety and you may feel more agitated. This can potentially lead to more conflicts and fatigue.
It’s Important To Take Care Of Yourself As A Caregiver
As a caregiver for someone with dementia, this is uncertain territory for everyone so it’s important to remember you are not alone. AGI is still able to offer counseling services on the phone or through video conferencing. Support groups are also continuing remotely. Please call to find out more about how we can help!
Alternatively, seek support from family members and friends. Although you cannot interact face to face it’s important to not cut off all communication. Express your concerns to them through phone calls, video calls, or texts.
Try your best to remain calm and positive through relaxation and meditation practices.
Coronavirus in Canada
If you’re experiencing symptoms please call 1 877 644 4545
**you may have to wait on hold for awhile but your health is important!
Resources In Montreal During COVID-19
Many grocery stores are offering delivery and pick up options.
West Island Restaurants Offering Delivery & Pick up
- AGI (514-485-7233 | email@example.com)
- Appui Montreal (1 855 852-7784 | firstname.lastname@example.org)
- West Island Community Resource (email@example.com | 514-694-6404