Caregivers are on the front line in the fight against the new coronavirus. We aren’t facing it down the same way as medical professionals and researchers are, but we are among the enlisted.
Seniors and those with compromised immune systems have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). This means that the 65 or older demographic who make up most of those with Alzheimer’s disease
are at increased risk. So caregivers have a role in the fight, and like good soldiers, we must be equipped for the battle.
A balanced perspective
It’s not the media’s intention to freak us out, but a constant consumption of news reports on the disease will do that.
Focus on the facts surrounding the disease and how they affect you. Act on those facts and don’t allow fear to drive your perspective.
Wringing our hands in fear of what might happen is useless, though thoroughly washing hands has a direct effect on how the disease is spread. That action alone can change the trajectory of the disease and, in turn, protect your loved one.
Not sharing is caring
Humans are creatures of habit. Some of our habits and practices aren’t necessarily bad, but during a pandemic they need to be assessed. The coronavirus can spread from an infected person before they even show symptoms. You could be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus — though this is more likely if you meet the CDC criteria of those at increased risk
. The person you provide care to also could be a c