LANSING, Mich. — Since many people, and especially those with dementia-related illnesses, are isolated at home right now as we deal with the Coronavirus, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America wants people to know that we are still available as a source for guidance and help. Our Toll-Free Helpline, staffed by licensed social workers, is open seven days a week to answer any questions and address concerns.
We are offering community programming in the form of music, dance and art therapy, and more via Facebook Live. We have received tremendous feedback from people who have been watching. These programs have demonstrated an ability to improve mood, decreased depression and anxiety, and improve overall quality of life. A lot of care facilities and adult day centers are closed and thus, we are one of their only means of communication, particularly through our Helpline. This helps combat isolation and keeps people engaged.
I am including links to some videos from programs we conducted this week. Please let me know if you would be interested in doing a story on this. We would like more families to know about this and be able to participate as well. Our most recent classes have been an art/paper bouquet making class, our ‘disco Funk chair Fitness’ class, and a Broadway concert.
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