The Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota says the risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19 is greater for individuals living with dementia–who tend to be older and have underlying health conditions.

“We know that routine and structure is really important for someone with dementia, you know with the physical distancing and with COVID precautions and that it adds an additional layer of challenge.”

Heading into the holiday season, Jenna Fink with the Alzheimer’s Association is urging loved ones of people with dementia to stay connected “at a distance.” She recommends using technology to meet with family and friends and to plan for outdoor visits when possible and safe.