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6 in 10 will wander – Personal I.D. Bracelet*
 Many will be unable to return on their own – G.P.S. Personal I.D. Watch *
Law enforcement is engaged locally – Help Home Program Movement matters – M4M Marathon
Socialization matters – Melodious Memories
 Music matters – Vineyard of Memories Art
Caregiver support is essential – Respite Care Documentation supports caregiver – Senior I.D.*
Research is finding solutions – Annual community updates Training helps all caregivers – Training 30 minutes to 16 hours
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 including food, food packaging, or utensils that have the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way that the virus is spread. Remember, it is always important to follow good hygiene to reduce the risk of illness from common food- borne germs.
more from people you don’t live with. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as restrooms and eating areas.
follow CDC’s guidance to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
• Instead of potluck-style gatherings, encour- age guests to bring food and drinks for them- selves and for members of their own house- hold only.
• Avoid busy eating areas, such as restaurants during high volume mealtimes, if you plan to eat out at a restaurant.
• Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen or around the grill, if possible.
• Minimize gestures that promote close con- tact. For example, do not shake hands, elbow bump, or give hugs. Instead wave and ver- bally greet others.
If you are notified that you were a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 stay home for 14 days from the last time you had contact with that person. Monitor for symptoms of coronavirus. Get information about COVID-19 testing if you feel sick.
• Wear a mask while preparing or serving food to others who don’t live in your household.
• Wear masks. Wear a mask at all times when around people who don’t live in your house- hold to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
• Avoid using restroom facilities at high traffic times, such as at the end of a public event.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID- 19, a public health worker may contact you to check on your health and ask who you have been in contact with and where you’ve spent time in order to identify and provide support to people (contacts) who may have been infected. Your information will be confiden- tial.
 • Consider having one person serve all the food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
• Avoid singing, chanting, or shouting, espe- cially when not wearing a mask and within six feet of others.
If you are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or live or work with someone at increased risk of severe illness, you should avoid in-person gather- ings with people who do not live in your household.
• Use single-use options or identify one person to serve shareable items, like salad dressings, food containers, plates and utensils, and con- diments.
What If Exposure is Suspected – If you participated in higher risk activities or think that you may have been exposed during your celebration, take extra precautions (in addition the ones listed above) for 14 days after the event to protect others. Stay home as much
Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities, if you or anyone in your household: • Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has
 • If you choose to use any items that are reus- able (e.g., seating covers, tablecloths, linen napkins), wash and disinfect them after the event.
as possible. Avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID- 19. Consider getting tested for COVID-19.
not met the criteria for when it is safe to be
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub
If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or if you test positive for COVID- 19, immediately contact the host and others who attended the event or celebration that you attended. They may need to inform other attendees about their possible exposure to the virus. Contact your health care provider and follow the CDC-recommended steps for what to do if you become sick, and follow the pub- lic health recommendations for community- related exposure.
around others.
• Has symptoms of COVID-19.
• Is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results. • May have been exposed to someone with
them together until they feel dry. Follow these additional tips to reduce your risk of being exposed to, getting, or spreading COVID-19 during the celebration:
Information changes regularly. Stay up to date with coronavirus information so you can enjoy a safe holiday season at:
• State of Michigan Coronavirus Website:
• Social distance and limit close contact.
• Maintain a distance of at least six feet or
If you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, stay home until you have a result, and daily-life-coping/holidays.html
COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
• Is at increased risk for severe illness.
• CDC COVID-19 Holiday Guidance:
   Meeting the needs of those impacted by dementia.
                                              During this time of cancelled events and fundraisers your support can help us to continue to meet the needs of Calhoun County. PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TODAY. Checks should be made payable to BCCF/Miles for Memories.
Miles for Memories is a grassroots organization of volunteers committed to creating solutions for those impacted by dementia in Calhoun County. • (269) 979-1412, ext. 305 • 4642 Capital Ave SW, Battle Creek, MI, 49015 • Tax ID #: 38-2045459

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