COVID-19 Testing: Tips for Families with a Loved One Living with Dementia

A tip sheet produced by the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH in collaboration with the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs offers families guidance on COVID-19 testing for a loved one living with dementia.

As the resource explains, given concern that a loved one will be anxious or agitated before or during a COVID-19 test, or perhaps may even refuse to be tested, the guidance suggests creating a plan for how to inform staff at the testing location that your loved one has dementia and what your concerns are without upsetting your loved one.

Depending on the testing location, you may be able to share this information in a phone call prior to the test, but you may need to write down your concerns in advance to share with testing personnel.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a 24/7 Helpline that is available anytime, day or night, to provide expert advice on your family’s unique situation regarding COVID-19 or any other issue related to Alzheimer’s and all other dementia at 800.272.3900. You can also visit us online at alz.org/MANH.

The Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov) has a wealth of information on all COVID-19 issues, including testing.