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Resources for COVID-19 at home

Updated: May 6, 2020

The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a great deal of resources for families who are living at home with a person who has mild to severe memory loss. It can be a particularly challenging to come up with activities to amuse them and maintain a daily schedule. Here are some of the resources that I highly recommend:

101 Activities to do at home as recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association. See link here.

Virtual Brain Bus programs—Info here, Register here.

-Dr. G may be featured as a guest speaker on one of these virtual brain buses.

Virtual Caregiver College to help caregivers benefit from support- Register Here

-Dr. G may also be a featured guest speaker at these events

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs along with the Alzheimer's Association Is:

-Delivering 1,000 pre-loaded MP3 players to socially-isolated seniors and adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD). The gift of music is made possible through a donation from the Alzheimer’s Association, Florida Region. Each unit will be mailed to the caregivers and families of those living with ADRD. To request an MP3 Player or Robotic Animal click here.

-Distributing therapeutic robotic pets to socially isolated seniors and adults living with ADRD. The interactive pets help combat social isolation and depression among older individuals and people living with ADRD by improving overall mood and quality of life. Family caregivers may experience a reduction in stress, and caregivers benefit when companion pets allow increased engagement with the older adult and their environment.

-Project VITAL (Virtual Inclusive Technology for All), which utilizes virtual technology to relieve social isolation for residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) and nursing homes. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association and other industry leaders to distribute tablets statewide to residents in order to bring families together virtually and help feelings of isolation.

Virtual Town Halls

For those of you who missed the town hall meetings with Congressmen/women about improving care for people with ADRD, and would like to rewatch, please find the link below with the recording of the webinar hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) and Secretary Richard Prudom of the Department of Elder Affairs.  Virtual Town Hall Recording here

Congresswoman Donna Shalala Virtual Town Hall Recording here

Congresswoman Val Demings and Florida Department of Elder Affairs Secretary Richard Prudom.   Virtual Town Hall Recording here

Virtual Town Hall with Congressman Charlie Crist and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. Click here.

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