Helping caregivers cope during the pandemic
Faculty and staff of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases, in partnership with the Caring for the Caregiver program of the School of Nursing, are concerned about caregivers’ mental health as the necessary – yet uncomfortable – isolation imposed by the coronavirus crisis reaches six months.
“There are several resources that are important to share with caregivers who are dealing with a great deal during the pandemic,” said Melissa Flores, LPC, clinical counselor and community programs coordinator with the Glenn Biggs Institute.
“The Biggs Institute offers resources for counseling and support groups, alongside the activities we are doing with the Caring for the Caregiver program,” Flores said. “We do these programs to combat isolation and promote social engagement. We want to get this information to caregivers who may be struggling right now.”
The Caring for a Parent with Dementia Support Group meets regularly online using Zoom video. So does the Primary Progressive Aphasia Support Group for Patients and their Caregivers. Visit the support groups page for regular updates.
An excellent listing of helpful resources for the pandemic can be found on the Caring for the Caregiver site.
The Biggs Institute website has coronavirus caregiving tips, as well.