Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

March 18, 2020 — To all our clients, volunteers, donors, community partners, and supporters - how are you and your family doing? I want you to know that we are thinking about you during these challenging times and hope that you are safe and healthy.  

I also want you to know that the Society is here for you on your dementia journey. It means that we are embracing the recommendation of social distancing, but are still working to help Nova Scotians living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. 
What does that look like? 

  • We have increased our ability to respond to calls to our toll-free and confidential InfoLine. If you have questions or concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias call us at 1-800-611-6345, a member of our team will be able to speak with you and support you.  
  • We are looking at creative ways to offer you programming. In the meantime you can watch our Family Caregiver Education Series online
  • We continue to operate, however, we have closed the office to outside visitors and volunteers. You can still reach us through email or over the phone. Click here for our staff directory.

We have many resources available on our website, including resources on COVID-19, caregiving, and how to engage people in meaningful activities. We will be updating it with additional information and tip sheets over the next couple of weeks. Please visit our website often  
As the situation changes daily, know that we are here to help. Call us 1-800-611-6345. The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia pride ourselves on being there to support those we exist to serve. While the external situation is uncertain, we are committed to maintaining our services at this challenging time. 

We’re here for you. We’ll keep in close contact in the coming weeks.  

Be well, 
John Britton, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia 

March 16, 2020 — The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is closely monitoring developments related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our clients, volunteers, staff, and stakeholders is our top priority.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will be taking a proactive approach to protecting the health and safety of everyone in our communities based on direction provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Government of Nova Scotia, and public health officials in Nova Scotia.

Our foremost commitment is to continue to serve Nova Scotians affected by dementia. We will continue to operate, however, we are closed to outside volunteers and visitors.

We understand the crucial information, education, and support our Alzheimer InfoLine provides for both people living with dementia and their care partners, and we will continue to offer this service.

With the continuation of social distancing being advised wherever possible to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, we will be postponing all in person programs. We will reach out to all program participants regarding the status of their program. If you attend a program and/or group and have questions, please contact us at 1-800-611-6345. We are currently exploring other ways we can deliver our services to clients and we will keep you updated.

We are grateful for your support and understanding of the precautionary measures we have put in place. The health and safety of our community members is paramount to us.

As we look to meet the increased need, you can support the Society by donating here.


Helpful resources: 

Reduce the spread of COVID-19 - Wash your hands

How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19  

Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19 

Vulnerable populations and COVID-19 

Tips for caring for someone with dementia at home

Keep Alzheimer's patients well in Covid-19 crisis

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories Tip Sheet for Covid-19 and Dementia

Reducing Caregiver Stress

Meaningful engagement of people with dementia

Family Caregiver Education Series

Last Updated: 03/27/2020