As of today, we remain worried and devastated because of the continuous spread of the coronavirus across the world. Leaders and healthcare professionals remind us at all times that the way to thrive through this virus is not to get it in the first place. If, unfortunately, you were infected, the best way to reduce the spread is by protecting others from you. Stores and shops will be sacrificed, as there will be no ‘business as usual.’ Finally, everyone must do their share in practicing social distancing and proper hygiene.
Protecting Alzheimer’s Patients From The Pandemic
As we strive to safeguard each other, we must also pay extra attention to keeping our elderly, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease, healthy and safe. The infection per se does not result from dementia, but it increases the likelihood of them getting contaminated and for having more life-threatening conditions.
Cognitive Disabilities Increase The Risk Of Spread
Impairments in cognition hinder some parts of self-protection. Older people with Alzheimer’s disease may lack an understanding of the factors that cause the infection or may not be as careful as needed. This is why they are one of the targets for coronavirus. Proper handwashing will be difficult for them as well, as they are often forgetful and temperamental. Additionally, it’s hard to teach him social distancing guidelines since most of the elderly anticipate the younger ones to give them a hug and a kiss.
Awareness of the signs of symptoms is another threat to be mindful of. An individual who has a diminished sense of self may not be able to see that a fever or cough is a possibility that she may be infected, or she may even forget to mention to you that she is not feeling very well. We need to be sure of our utmost care for the long-term elderly facilities where they are frequently interacting with other older people who are asymptomatic or symptomatic carriers. A frustrating fact about COVID-19 is that people who are already infected can spread the infection days before they show symptoms.
The Elderly Are More Susceptible To Severe Conditions
Once they are contaminated, the elderly with dementia are sadly susceptible to developing more severe conditions. Although most coronavirus contaminations are not life-threatening, no one has accurate details of the death cases related to the diseases. However, all of us are aware that older adults with conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, and other moderate to severe medical conditions are more at risk than the younger population. Moreover, as our age advances, our immune systems become less able to fight against infections.
Protecting Elderly People With Dementia
In relation to this, are there some things we can do to help protect our elders with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? First and foremost, we must help minimize their exposure to the virus.
An individual with Alzheimer’s disease, at this time, must not be exposed to unnecessary gatherings, visitors, and specifically to public transportation even if they have not been showing symptoms. Most of them are taken care of in their own homes by their family and significant others. Their caregivers should be extra cautious about their safety as well, so they too should practice proper handwashing, disinfecting areas that people often stay, and self-isolation if needed.
Today is a great time to check on your stocks of medication and purchase what’s lacking, list what you need to buy for two or three months and go to the supermarket to complete the list, and finally stay at home where you are safe, unexposed, and healthy. The younger generation is responsible for protecting and taking care of our vulnerable loved ones, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease. Our top priority for them and us should be preventing contamination.