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What Will You Say About COVID-19 a Few Years from Now?
 

That the virus was something you and your family merely survived?
That, despite social distancing, it somehow brought us, including your friends and family, closer?
Or, that it was a life changing experience?
 
Hello, caregivers, friends, and collaborators. Now, more than ever, I want to check in with all of you. As the saying goes: “everything has changed”. Thus, this is a little longer message than usual.
 
Unfortunately, all my in-person support groups and related activities are suspended indefinitely. It is, of course, unsettling and frustrating to be unable to meet, support, and socialize with each other. Let’s hope these vital measures help bring a return to some normalcy, or a new one, soon.
 
In the meantime, please keep an eye out for your family, friends, and neighbors. This environment can be detrimental to one’s health especially if they’re already compromised. I recall my late mom being quarantined due to a norovirus. It adversely affected her physical and mental health and led to dangerous behaviors.
 
Most (if not all) of you are feeling more isolated. You may also feel more stressed and vulnerable. So, I’m passing along some resources you may find helpful during this crisis and perhaps beyond.

 

  • The Alzheimer’s Association's has resources:
           Caregiving Safety in a Disaster 
 
  • The association's 24/7 Helpline is always available for anyone who has dementia-related concerns, whether they are related to COVID-19 or not:  1-800-272-3900
 
  • Washington County has some additional resources. (Please check with your own county for related help)
           Oregon and Washington County Senior Peer Outreach launched “Senior Connection Calls” 
           to keep Washington County older adults connected while they shelter in place. Senior
           Connection calls are a FREE special support service. Certified Peer Support Specialists who
           are trained to work with older adults make friendly calls to listen and provide support to older
           adults weekly - or more often upon request. Call 1-833-736-4676 to sign-up. Also:
  • The Senior Loneliness Line: 503-200-1633
            http://seniorlonelinessline.org 
  • Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC): 1-855-673-2372
            www.adrcoforegon.org
  • Washington County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
 
  • Many communities have started free Prescription Delivery Services. Check with your local police or city hall for information about setting up delivery through your pharmacy to ensure you will still be able to obtain your needed medications. For example, Tualatin Police are ready to help if you need a prescription delivered.
 
  • Please be sure to take advantage of Senior Shopping hours at local groceries to provide less congested and stressful times to get food and other needs. A sample is below but check with your closest store before going.
 
  • And, since dine-in restaurants are not serving, take advantage of those in your community with delivery and/or takeout. You’ll enjoy a good meal, not having to cook, and you will support local, struggling businesses.
 
  • Along with my current virtual support groups, I’m launching a Zoom videoconference group. You can access it via computer or phone. It’s called “Dementia Support Group with Bill Cohen”. It starts April 16, 2020, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM Pacific Time (-7:00 hours from GMT), and continues every month on the Third Thursday. 
           Join the Zoom Meeting one of three ways:
  • By computer or smartphone:
            https://us04web.zoom.us/j/187186099
            (Meeting ID: 187 186 099, no password)
  • One tap by mobile smartphone:
            +16699006833,,187186099# 
  • By dialing in by phone:

           +1 669 900 6833
           Enter the Meeting ID: 187 186 099 and #
 
Again, please keep in touch with your family, friends, and neighbors, whether it’s to check in on their welfare, to reassure them that you are OK, or to ask for a little help.

 
👉🏼 
If you have an urgent need or question, please contact me (my calendar is pretty sparse at the moment!). I can advise and support you by phone, email, text, or videoconferencing:


If you haven’t already, please join my “virtual” support group on Facebook!

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Caring Regards,
Bill Cohen, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® 💜
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