In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will highlight Minnesota Department of Health’s tips to reduce COVID-19 anxiety.

As things progress with COVID-19 prevention efforts, you and your family and friends may be experiencing increased stress and anxiety. Consider the following tips to support your mental well-being during these uncertain times. It is important to be gentle with yourself and others, and to take steps to support both your own and your family’s mental well-being.

Focus on what you can control – including your thoughts and behaviors.

Remember that you are resilient, and so is humankind. We will get through this.

Do what you can to reduce risk; take comfort that you are caring for yourself and others.

Use technology to connect with others frequently.

Look for the good stuff: the helpers, time with family, and opportunities to pull together. Write down three good things you are grateful for each day.

Limit exposure to news or social updates. Be a critical thinker. Get your updates from reliable sources. Avoid speculation and rumors.

Model peaceful behavior for those around you. Remember everyone experiences stress differently.

Don’t let fear influence your decisions, such as hoarding supplies.

Be gentle with yourself and others. Be reflective rather than reactive.

Create a regular routine.

Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routines to help your immune system and mental well-being.

Reflect on your reactions. Many who have experienced trauma may be triggered by feelings of powerlessness. Understanding what you are feeling can help you consider how you want to respond to the triggers.

Practice meditation, yoga, or other mind-body techniques. Find apps or online videos to help.

Reach out if out need to talk. There are local and national hot lines and warmlines that can help!

RESOURCES:

• Warmlines MN

Call 651-288-0400 or 877-404-3190 or Text “support” to 85511. Open Monday through Saturday 5-10 p.m. mentalhealthmn.org (https://mentalhealthmn.org/support/get-inforamtion-or-a-referral/)

• Peer support Connection Warmlines

Call or text 844-739-6369. Peer-to-peer telephone support that’s safe and supportive. Open 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/). Call 1-800-273-8255

Resource: Supporting Mental Well-Being during COVID-19; Minnesota Department of Health

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.’” ~ Fred Rogers.

We invite you to reach out to Jayne Mund, caregiver consultant. A caregiver consultant can provide guidance and assist the caregiver in planning for and dealing with aspects of the care-giving experience. Jayne can be reached at 651-257-7905 or 763-898-6045 jaynem@familypathways.org

“The gateways to knowledge, tools & information are always open!”

For more information about the Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer’s call Julie Tooker at 763-691-6192. Your input and assistance is valuable! Let’s ACT together to create and sustain a dementia friendly community. There is Hope. There is Help.

Resources: www.alz.org & www.ACTonALZ.org.

• The Cambridge ACT Cambridge Memory Café, the Cambridge ACT Isanti Memory Café and Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group are canceled until further notice.

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