Caring for Alzheimer’s Caregivers – The COVID Shift

With the current COVID-19 crisis in full bloom and a stay at home order in place, it’s important for caregivers to stay up to date on the virtual resources available. In this episode, we explored the virtual options the Alzheimer’s Association has to offer. It was a very helpful conversation. Listen here.

Covid-19 Stats

  • 16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia
  • Caregivers provided an estimated 18.6 billion hours valued at nearly 240 billion dollars last year
  • Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States
  • There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s
  • One in three seniors dies with (not from) Alzheimer’s or other dementia
  • Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and it presents unique challenges for those 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Most notably, the public health strategies aimed at limiting contact with others is nearly impossible for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias who rely on family caregivers and others to live their daily lives. The Alzheimer’s Association has been quick to shift in order to provide support for families affected by the disease.

You can visit or call the 24-hour helpline 1-800-272-3900 for more information on all of this and more

About Sylvia Leddy

Sylvia is a Program Manager of Diversity & Initiatives with the Alzheimer’s Association. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology with supporting fields in psychology and government from The University of Texas. A social worker for 26 years she has experience working in long term care, home health, hospice and have worked as adjunct professor at Polk State College. She is well versed in Medicaid and Medicare.  Fluent in Spanish, she volunteers to teach it to seniors 55+ and loves staying very involved in her community. You can reach Sylvia at

Liz Craven
Author: Liz Craven

Liz Craven, along with her husband Wes, owns Pro-Ad Media, publisher of Sage Aging ElderCare Guide, serving the local community for over 29 years. Liz lives in Lakeland and is very active in the local community, specifically in the area of aging. Liz serves on a number of local boards and committees including the Lakeland Vision and Age Friendly Lakeland.