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The Alzheimer’s Association is offering new guidance to help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with Alzheimer’s and all dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The document released today is in collaboration with 34 long-term care and community-based care providers and affiliated associations. It identifies important care considerations and incorporates evidence-based strategies from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Recommendations to assist staff in long-term and community-based care settings during emergency situations. Many of the groups supporting the guidance document participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Provider Roundtable (AADCPR), a consortium of thought leaders from the dementia care provider industry including nursing homes, assisted living, and home and community-based services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions, but it presents unique challenges for the more than 5 million America’s living with Alzheimer’s, especially those in long-term and community-based care, who are often the most frail and vulnerable,” said Doug Pace, NHA, director, mission partnerships, Alzheimer’s Association. “This document is aimed at helping providers who may face staffing shortages deliver high-quality dementia care during an emergency situation.”

The new document provides care tips and guidance in several key areas, including:

  • Preventing illness.
  • Providing person-centered care.
  • Helping families and friends stay connected.
  • Monitoring and responding to dementia-related issues, including assistance with eating and drinking, mobility, and observing and responding to dementia-related behaviors.

“In emergency situations, long-term and community-based care providers may experience staffing shortages or have to use non-clinical staff to assist with care,” Pace said. “This document can be used to focus staff very quickly on the most important considerations in caring for persons with dementia. It emphasizes person-centered care, which is the essential starting point for delivering optimal care. Individuals living with dementia thrive best with a consistent routine and with person-centered approaches. During emergency situations these practices are even more important.”

Thought leaders and organizations representing nursing homes, assisted living, and home- and community-based services are supporting the guidance document and will be sharing it with their staff and employees across the country.

“The document outlines the most important dementia care considerations in the current environment,” said Letitia Jackson, senior vice president, Senior Star and chair, AADCPR. “Person-centered care is something the Roundtable members strive for to support those living with dementia every day. This document serves as an important reminder that this remains the goal even during a crisis.”

According to the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, 48% percent of nursing home residents are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Among older adults in residential facilities, including assisted living, 42% or more have some form of Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In addition, many individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias receive community-based services, including 32% of individuals using home health services and 31% using adult day services.

“The COVID-19 crisis is creating anxiety and disruption for all Americans,” said Patrick Doyle, Ph.D., Regional Vice President of Operations, Brightview Senior Living, and vice-chair, AADCPR. “People living with dementia are especially vulnerable because they cannot adapt easily to the current realities. Providing guidance to help care and support people living with dementia during this challenging time is really beneficial.”

“The Alzheimer’s Association is very appreciative of all of the organizations that have collaborated with us and are supporting this important guidance,” Pace said. “Having consensus on these important care considerations will help in the delivery of high-quality dementia care even during this uncertain time.”

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.™ For more information, visit www.alz.org or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Cookie Donor Buyout Program Seeks to Help 838 Girl Scout Troops with Remaining Inventory of 212,064 Packages of Girl Scout Cookies


Donors can have double the impact as their support helps local Girl Scouts and hometown heroes


WESTERN NEW YORK (April 16, 2020) – Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) seeks local donors to help 838 Girl Scout Troops with their remaining inventory of 212,064 packages of Girl Scout Cookies through its new Cookie Donor Buyout Program.

While GSWNY has suspended in-person activities and events, including Girl Scout Cookie booths, due to the spread of COVID-19, donors can still support girls and hometown heroes in their local community. Through the Cookie Donor Buyout Program, donors may purchase and donate cookies to the hometown heroes of their choice such as hospitals, food banks, grocery store staff, blood donation centers, etc.

GSWNY made it clear through multiple communications that girls and volunteers may opt out of this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program without penalty. Continuing is a choice and many girls decided that they still want to meet their goals and give back to the community at the same time.

“The Cookie Donor Buyout Program has double the impact as it supports girls and shows appreciation for our hometown heroes as the donation recipients of all cookies purchased through the program,” said Alison Wilcox, Girl Scouts of Western New York CEO. “Girls depend on the Girl Scout Cookie Program to fund life-changing, girl-led programs, experiences, and learning. We are always encouraged by the support and kindness of the WNY community and thank all the donors who will stand up for girls—especially in tough times.”


The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest investment in girls annually and the financial backbone that helps GSWNY deliver life-changing programming to nearly 15,000 girls across Western New York. The COVID-19 pandemic struck just as girls were starting their in-person sales. Being resourceful entrepreneurs and while adhering to social distancing and other safety precautions, girls came up with all sorts of innovative ways to sell in a virtual environment. Girls have made great progress, now they need the community’s help to cross the finish line!


Knowing that ample supply is available, and many donors are seeking ways to give back to the local community, the Cookie Donor Buyout Program is primed to have twice the impact. Donors can purchase—$1,500: 25 cases; $900: 15 cases; $600: 10 cases; $300: 5 cases; $60: 1 case; or surprise girls with a custom amount and at some levels suggest their preferred recipients by going to gswny.org or contacting customercare@gswny.org.

Donors may also purchase cookies from Girl Scouts they know who are selling through virtual cookie booths as many innovative cookie entrepreneurs around WNY are reimagining cookie booths during this time of isolation, using the power of social media (with parental supervision) to make their sales pitch and collect orders. No matter how donors purchase cookies, doing so allows Girl Scouts to continue to give back to their communities while the proceeds, which stay local, sustain innovative programs for girls.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program powers amazing experiences for girls and helps them build a lifetime of leadership. To learn more about theCookie Donor Buyout Program, visit gswny.org. Other interested buyers or donors for the Virtual Girl Scout Cookie Program may also email GSWNY at customercare@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410 and a representative will match them with a troop, or, they can contact Girl Scouts and adult troop leaders they know directly.

About Girl Scouts of Western New York

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) serves nearly 15,000 girls and over 6,000 adult volunteers across the GSWNY jurisdiction, including Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. The council’s administrative service centers are located in Batavia, Buffalo, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Rochester.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world and take action to solve problems and improve their communities.


Las personas que reciben SSI y tienen niños dependientes todavía deben ir a IRS.gov/es para proveer su información 

La Administración del Seguro Social anunció hoy que las personas que reciben Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI, por sus siglas en inglés) recibirán los Pagos de estímulo económico (también conocido como los Pagos de impacto económico) automáticamente del Departamento del Tesoro. El Departamento del Tesoro anticipa estos pagos automáticos a más tardar a principios de mayo. 

Las personas que reciben SSI y no tienen niños con derecho al pago no necesitan tomar ninguna medida para recibir su pago de estímulo económico de $1,200. Los pagos serán automáticos.

Sin embargo, las personas que reciben SSI y tienen niños menores de 17 años con derecho, no deben esperar para su pago individual automático de $1,200. Deben ir ahora a la página de internet del Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS, por sus siglas en inglés) en www.irs.gov/es/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here y visitar la sección Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info (solo disponible en inglés) para proveer su información. Al tomar medidas proactivas para ingresar información sobre ellos y sus hijos con derecho en el sitio de internet del IRS, también recibirán el pago de $500 por hijo dependiente además de su pago individual de $1,200. Si los beneficiarios de SSI en este grupo no proveen su información al IRS pronto, tendrán que esperar hasta más tarde para recibir sus $500 por niño con derecho. 

El Comisionado del Seguro Social, Andrew Saul, dijo: «Esta es una gran noticia para las personas que reciben SSI, y quiero recordar a los beneficiarios con niños con derecho que visiten IRS.gov/es pronto para que reciban la cantidad total de los Pagos de estímulo económico a los que usted y su familia tienen derecho. También quiero agradecer a los empleados entregados del Departamento del Tesoro, la Administración del Seguro Social, y el Servicio de Impuestos Internos por hacer esto una realidad y trabajar sin descansar en este asunto».  

Las personas que reciben beneficios de Seguro Social por jubilación, como sobrevivientes y seguro por incapacidad (que usualmente no presentan impuestos) también tendrán derecho a recibir los pagos automáticos de $1,200 del Departamento del Tesoro. Se anticipa que estos pagos comenzarán a llegar a fines de abril. 

El Departamento del Tesoro, no la Administración del Seguro Social, realizará estos pagos automáticos a los beneficiarios. Los beneficiarios generalmente recibirán los pagos automáticos por depósito directo, tarjeta de débito Direct Express, o por cheque de papel, tal como usualmente recibirían sus beneficios de SSI o Seguro Social. 

Para aquellos beneficiarios de SSI y Seguro Social por jubilación, como sobrevivientes y seguro por incapacidad, con niños dependientes, que usan tarjetas de débito Direct Express, pronto habrá información adicional sobre los pasos a seguir en el sitio de internet del IRS cuando reclamen niños menores de 17.

Tenga en cuenta que la agencia no considerará los Pagos de estímulo económico como ingresos para los beneficiarios de SSI, y los pagos están excluidos de los recursos durante 12 meses. 

Para obtener más información sobre los beneficiarios de Seguro Social por jubilación, como sobrevivientes, y seguro por incapacidad, consulte el comunicado de prensa de la agencia con fecha del 10 de abril: Nueva información sobre los Pagos de estímulo económico de COVID-19 para los beneficiarios de Seguro Social y Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI, por sus siglas en inglés) del Comisionado Andrew Saul, Comisionado del Seguro Social

Puede encontrar más información y los requisitos para tener derecho a los Pagos de estímulo económico en:www.irs.gov/es/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center. Para obtener la información más reciente por favor continúe visitando el IRS en www.irs.gov/es/coronavirus.


Continuaremos actualizando la página de internet del Seguro Social sobre COVID-19 en www.segurosocial.gov/coronavirus a medida que haya más detalles disponibles.


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    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said all New Yorkers must wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible, including on public transport, in stores and on crowded sidewalks

    Imposing a stricter measure to control the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he would start requiring people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public whenever social distancing was not possible.

    The order will take effect on Friday and will apply to people who are unable to keep six feet away from others in public settings, such as on a bus or subway, on a crowded sidewalk or inside a grocery store.

    “Stopping the spread is everything,” Mr. Cuomo said during his daily briefing in Albany. “How can you not wear a mask when you’re going to come close to a person?”

    The new requirements are bound to make face coverings an inescapable and perhaps jarring sight in New York City for the foreseeable future. They could also introduce a level of mutual obligation and civic duty about wearing masks in public that is more firmly established in Asia than in the West.

    Maryland also announced on Wednesday that it would require people to wear masks in public.

    Mr. Cuomo said local governments would enforce the order, but he noted that riders without face coverings would not be ejected from public transit. The pandemic has devastated New York’s public transit system, with 59 workers having died of the virus and 2,269 testing positive for the infection.

    The state would consider issuing civil penalties to people who fail to abide by the order, but not criminal penalties: “You’re not going to go to jail for not wearing a mask,” Mr. Cuomo said.

    Permitted face coverings include proper masks, as well as scarves or bandannas, the governor said.

    A similar rule was issued in New Jersey last week. The order, issued by Gov. Philip D. Murphy, made it mandatory for all people inside stores and other essential businesses to wear face coverings unless they are under 2 years old or have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask.The mandates were the latest public safety measures from two states that are at the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States. New York and New Jersey have worked in tandem since the outbreak reached the region, shuttering nonessential businesses at the same time and recently forming a coalition with neighboring states to coordinate the reopening of their economies.

    In announcing Maryland’s order on masks in public settings, Gov. Larry Hogan said, “The wearing of masks is something we may have to become more accustomed to in order to safely reopen our state.”

    New York, New Jersey and Maryland are so far the only states to have issued broad orders mandating face coverings in most public settings, according to the most recent information from the National Governors Association. Puerto Rico and Guam have implemented similar measures.

    Nonbinding guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage people to wear face coverings in settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain to prevent the transmission of the virus. The infection spreads primarily through droplets generated when, for instance, a sick person coughs or sneezes.

    That federal recommendation was issued after research showed that many people were infected with the virus but did not show symptoms.

    Across New Jersey, businesses were still grappling with the enforcement of the new rules, which some people have flouted, leading to arrests in some instances.


      Washington/Nueva York , 15 abr (EFE).- El presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, recurrió este miércoles a su consigna nacionalista de “EE.UU. primero” para justificar la suspensión de fondos a la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), al mismo tiempo que, en un movimiento sin precedentes, estampó su nombre en unos cheques de ayuda a los contribuyentes.

      “Nunca dudaré en tomar las medidas necesarias para proteger la vida, la salud y la seguridad del pueblo estadounidense. Siempre pondré el bienestar de EE.UU. primero”, aseveró el mandatario en un comunicado.

      Sin descanso, la Casa Blanca volvió a repetir hoy las acusaciones que ya formuló Trump este martes, cuando anunció que congelaba durante entre 60 y 90 días los pagos a la OMS.

      En Twitter, la portavoz de la Casa Blanca, Kayleigh McEnany, aseguró que la OMS “repetidamente encubrió” a China, donde se detectaron los primeros casos en diciembre, y criticó al organismo por haber “dado prioridad a la corrección política” al haberse “opuesto” a las restricciones al tráfico aéreo.

      En realidad, la OMS consideró que esos impedimentos no son efectivos porque los virus acaban propagándose igualmente y pueden acabar aislando a los países que necesitan ayuda internacional.


      Todavía hay muchas incógnitas sobre el anuncio de Trump, que ha exigido a la OMS cambios para que Washington siga contribuyendo, aunque no parece dispuesto a romper definitivamente con el organismo, como sí hizo al sacar a su país de la Unesco o del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas.

      A pesar de la incertidumbre, los demócratas ya han avisado de que la decisión de Trump es “ilegal” y viola las mismas leyes que derivaron en la apertura de un juicio político en su contra, del que salió absuelto.

      “Esta decisión es peligrosa, ilegal y será desafiada rápidamente”, afirmó en un comunicado la demócrata de mayor rango, Nancy Pelosi, presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes.


      Dentro de EE.UU., la Asociación Médica Estadounidense (AMA, por sus siglas en inglés) criticó el anuncio de Trump al considerarlo “un peligroso paso en la dirección incorrecta” y avisó de que podría tener “amplias ramificaciones” en medio de la pandemia, que ya ha dejado 2 millones de casos en todo el mundo.

      Asimismo, el cofundador de Microsoft y conocido filántropo Bill Gates tildó de “peligrosa” la decisión del mandatario.

      “Suspender los fondos a la OMS durante una crisis mundial de salud es tan peligroso como suena. Su trabajo está ralentizando la expansión de la COVID-19 y si ese trabajo se para, ninguna otra organización puede reemplazarla. El mundo necesita a la OMS ahora más que nunca”, escribió el multimillonario en su cuenta de Twitter.

      La Fundación Bill y Melinda Gates, que preside junto a sus esposa, es el segundo mayor donante de fondos a la OMS, con una aportación de en torno al 10 % del presupuesto (367,7 millones de dólares), sólo por detrás del Gobierno de EE.UU. que es su principal contribuidor.

      En concreto, EE.UU. aporta entre 400 y 500 millones de dólares anuales a la OMS, entre sus contribuciones obligatorias y voluntarias.


      Aparte de arremeter contra la OMS, Trump se ha empeñado en estampar su nombre en los cheques que recibirán unos 80 millones de contribuyentes, lo que podría generar retrasos en la entrega de esa ayuda destinada a paliar el daño económico de la pandemia, según adelantó The Washington Post.

      La decisión también ha generado una gran polémica porque se trata de la primera vez que el nombre de un presidente aparece en los reembolsos que durante décadas se han usado para estimular la economía.

      Se produce, además, en plena campaña para las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre, en las que Trump se batirá casi con toda seguridad con el demócrata Joe Biden.


      Entretanto, para ayudar a los más castigados por la pandemia, el alcalde de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, anunció que la ciudad gastará 170 millones de dólares durante los próximos cuatro meses en el reparto de comida.

      “No vamos a dejar que ningún neoyorquino pase hambre”, subrayó De Blasio en una conferencia de prensa.

      Este mismo miércoles, la Reserva Federal (Fed) advirtió que la economía estadounidense se enfrenta a una “contracción abrupta” debido a la paralización de la actividad económica, que ha provocado que 17 millones de personas pierdan su empleo en apenas 21 días.

      En EE.UU., más de 600.000 personas se han contagiado por el virus y casi 28.000 han muerto, de acuerdo al recuento independiente que realiza las universidad Johns Hopkins.

      Beatriz Pascual Macías


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