Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is helping families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia illnesses during this time as we are faced with the Coronavirus pandemic. With many care facilities, adult day care centers and other services closed for the time being, AFA is a source of information, support and guidance available. This is especially important because the outbreak is causing many people, particularly higher risk individuals such as senior citizens, to break from their normal routines and isolate.
AFA is able to assist callers with topics/questions about combating isolation, keeping engaged, washing tips, caregiver stress, whether family members should visit during this time, items to have in the home, etc.
Families can connect with the AFA Helpline in any of the following ways:
Via toll-free helpline by calling 866-232-8484 is open seven days a week and staffed entirely by licensed social workers who are trained in dementia care.
Web chat by visiting www.alzfdn.org and clicking on the blue and white chat icon on the lower right hand corner of the page
Sending a text message to 646-586-5283
The web and text chat features are available in more than 90 languages.