COVID-19 and dementia
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation rapidly evolves here in British Columbia and around the world, it's our priority to make sure we continue to provide our programs and services for people living with dementia and their caregivers – and to ensure that anyone affected by dementia feels connected and supported. Below are the latest updates from the Society, our remote support services and a compilation of useful resources.
We will update this page on an ongoing basis. Please continue to visit our website to find up-to-date information and resources, and don’t hesitate to contact us for any further help.
Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s latest updates
- For updates on the status of Society’s activities, click here.
- For updates on the status of the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, click here.
How we can help
First Link® Dementia Helpline
The First Link® Dementia Helpline provides people living with dementia, their caregivers, health-care providers and the general public with information and guidance on dementia and memory loss.
We have extended the hours of our Helpline, which are now open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to provide evening service in English. Our Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi support will continue to be available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call us:
- English: 1-800-936-6033
- Cantonese and Mandarin: 1-833-674-5007
- Punjabi: 1-833-674-5003
Connect with dementia support and knowledge from anywhere through our webinars.
Next live webinar:
Available 24/7 through our website. Previous topics that may be of particular help include:
- Building caregiver resilience
- Activities to do with a person living with dementia
- Long-distance caregiving
- How to support a friend who has dementia or is a caregiver
- Understanding behaviour
Visit alzbc.org/webinars for more details on all our upcoming webinars and to access the full webinar archive.
- Reducing caregiver stress booklet
- COVID-19: Tips for dementia caregiver from Alzheimer's Association
- Activity suggestions for people living with dementia
- Taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Recommendations from Dementia Australia for people affected by dementia during COVID-19
- Information about COVID-19 and caregiver tips from Alzheimer Society Manitoba
- Information on social distancing and isolation for caregivers from The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative
- Infographic on handwashing from The Public Health Agency of Canada
- Alzheimer Society of Canada's booklet on providing personal care to people with dementia
- Tips on supporting health and personal hygiene during COVID-19, including advice for caregivers of those living in assisted living facilities, from Alzheimer's Association of US