Staying Safe During COVID-19

Teri Sellers

The PebbleCreek Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will not hold any meetings during the month of April (and, most likely, May). Sylvia and I miss everyone in the group. I am sure that many of you miss the information and friendships this group has provided. However, it is more important to stay safe.

The following are tips for dementia caregivers from the Alzheimer’s Association website:

* We all know the value of washing our hands. Please remember that those with dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions. They need you to remember.

Consider placing signs in the bathroom and elsewhere to remind them to wash with soap for 20 seconds. Demonstrate thorough hand washing. Using hand sanitizer can be a quick alternative to hand washing.

* Think ahead and make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.

* Limit even family member visits if you or the visitor has any signs or symptoms of illness. Remember a person with dementia may not understand social distancing.

* Stay healthy!

Activities are important. The Alzheimer’s Association says that physical activities improve brain health by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The National Institute on Aging states that engaging in creative activities can also improve creativity, memory, and problem-solving skills. The greatest reason to enjoy your hobby is that it is fun. Fun is what makes us happy and participating in a hobby gives you something to look forward to and a topic to talk about. Here are ten activities for Alzheimer’s that you can try with your senior loved one:

1. Bake or cook simple recipes together.

2. Clean around the house. Sweep the patio, wipe the table, fold towels, or try other household tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment.

3. Do arts and crafts, such as knitting and painting. Keep patterns and tools simple.

4. Look at books the person used to enjoy.

5. Organize household or office items, particularly if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks.

6. Read the newspaper.

7. Play music or sing songs.

8. Tend the garden or visit a botanical garden.

9. Watch family videos.

10. Work on puzzles.

If your parent or senior loved one resists an activity, take a break. You can try again later or ask your loved one how the activity can be changed to make it more enjoyable for them.

The Alzheimer’s Support Group is open only to PebbleCreek residents who have a loved one with dementia.

Respite Care

We may be able to provide free respite care for those with Alzheimer’s/Dementia during the caregiver meeting once we are able to meet again.

Monthly Breakfast

The monthly breakfast will not be held until further notice.

For information, contact Teri Sellers at 602-793-0299 or [email protected]