- AFSC to remain closed indefinitely for group activities
- AFSC cites the high number of old age members as grounds for its ceasing of group activities
Massachusetts: Alzheimer’s Family Support Center [AFSC] this week made a surprise announcement to stop all group activities such as group, education, cultural, and social supports citing a drastic increase in the coronavirus cases in the US.
The organization on its website suggested that though everyone is susceptible to infection from COVID-19, people over the age of 60, the organizations main users, are even more vulnerable to this virus.
On the website the organization mentioned, ‘To keep you safe, the AFSC has suspended support, education, cultural, and social supports for the time being. However, the AFSC office remains open, and we have expanded our hours to include telephone support 7 days a week. We want to emphasize that the office is open for phone calls from 9 am to 5 pm. Messages are also being checked regularly.’
Executive Director, Molly Perdue informed the media that all the staff members have been instructed to follow strict safety protocols such as proper sterilization and even social distancing. She further added, “What we do know from research around care-giving is we don’t want someone to hesitate because they don’t know how they’re going to care for their loved one.”
The organization stressed that everyone who is either an employee or a member should have contingency plans ready should a COVID-19 related incident were to take place.