• Coronavirus puts the health of the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions on the line
  • Taking care of someone with dementia would require extra care and vigilance
  • Health experts give advice on how to help keep patients with dementia safe amid coronavirus scare

Dementia is a condition that often affects the elderly. Experts have stated that it is not a natural part of aging, which is why some elderly don't suffer from it but there are those who do.

Amid the coronavirus scare, the World Health Organization (WHO) was able to identify who among the populace are the most who are at risk. They have identified the elderly as among those who must be very careful as they are the ones who tend to experience the serious ill effects of the virus.

Considering that those with dementia tend to suffer from memory and cognitive problems, they may not be able to have a completely good grasp of coronavirus and the risk that they are in. Fortunately, there are certain ways of how you can help those with dementia stay safe.

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The Alzheimer's Society has provided a list of guidelines on how you could help protect someone with dementia from catching the deadly COVID-19 virus. These are straightforward ways that you can easily implement.

  1. Ensure that you have a hand sanitizer or a handwash readily available. You and other members of the family must regularly wash hands before you go near or prepare anything that the elderly would use.
  2. Anything that is being handled must be cleaned or disinfected. High-touch surfaces like door handles, remote controls and fridge must be included in the disinfecting process.
  3. Make sure that you run the numbers that must be called in the event he or she would need help. Try to let the patient reiterate the information so that she will know what to do when the time comes.
  4. If the elderly have chosen to self-isolate, then, try to ask in what areas you could help. If they need medicines, supplies or anything that you can bring or give a hand, extend your help. It will greatly be appreciated.
  5. In the event that the person will be stuck indoors, try to encourage them to stay healthy and fit. Eat nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Engaging in gentle exercises, as well as thinking games can greatly help.

These are just some ways that you can do to help a person with dementia stay safe amid the ongoing coronavirus scare. These tips may be what your loved one with the condition needs.