This resource is created by the American Alzheimers Association. Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviours, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.
For example, people with Alzheimer's disease and all other dementia may forget to wash their hands or take other recommended precautions to prevent illness. In addition, diseases like COVID-19 and the flu may worsen cognitive impairment due to dementia.
There are tips on:
- Tips for dementia caregivers at home
- Tips for individuals receiving home-based services
- Tips for caregivers of individuals in assisted living
- Staying healthy