BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak in an effort to keep its program members safe.
Before the pandemic, the adult day care program has about 123 people enrolled and helps an average of 55 people per day.
“Our most vulnerable are almost getting that double edge sword because they are now at home and they don't understand that environment. They are wondering why they're not going to their program and seeing their friends and all I can recommend is try to keep a routine," Janelle Capra, ADAKC.
ADAKC has been active on their Facebook page to engage its program members virtually by offering activities such as sorting colors, helping with laundry, and singing a song.
“Tip for the day is reminiscing just point out an old family photo album talk about memories and bring out an old book anything that will spark a conversation with your loved one," Otilia Benavidez, ADKAC.
There is also a 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900 available through the Alzheimer's Association for additional resources.