Overview 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 behaviors,
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 behaviors, 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. This session will share tips on how to care for patients living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementia illnesses within residential communities and home-based settings. Attendees will also learn about available resources provided through the Alzheimer’s Association.
Kathi Herreid is the State Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association South Dakota Chapter.
She holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from California State University Fullerton and an undergrad degree in Human Development from California State University Long Beach. Kathi is the author of an interdisciplinary course titled “Aging and Dementia” that is currently an offering in the gerontology program at Cal State Fullerton.
She is a nationally Credentialed Professional Gerontologist.
Prior to her joining the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, she was the manager of client care and operations for Comfort Keepers Home Care in Sioux Falls. While living in California, she was the Education Director for the Orange County Alzheimer’s Association.
This event is free, however prior registration is required.
(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm