A Special Message from the UMDF Adult Advisory Council Team (AACT)      

During this very difficult time for all of us, please remind yourself of the following:

Control what you can control, take it day-by-day, and we will get through this together.

On behalf of AACT, we would like to share some helpful tips to assist you physically, emotionally,   spiritually and situationally during this trying time.


  • Exposure:  First and foremost especially at this time, limit your exposure inside & outside your home.  Best, no person-to-person contact.  If you need to go out, quick trips in-and-out, take all necessary  precautions (see below links.)  Be extra vigilant.

  • Take Care of Yourself:  Good diet, stay well hydrated, maintain meds, good sleep.

  • Home-Sweet-Home:  Stay busy, be creative, have some fun.


  • Connect:  Stay connected with family, friends, neighbors, etc., via phone and/or technology.

  • News Updates & Information:  Want to stay up-to-date, but limit 24/7 coverage.  Be careful where you obtain information especially over the internet (see below links.)

  • Assistance:  If need, talk or call someone – a family member, friend, neighbor, etc.


  • Day-to-Day:  Be present, do not worry about tomorrow, do not jump forward.

  • Nature:  Daily, connect with nature around you.  If able, walk and/or sit around your neighborhood and/or park.

  • Prayer & Meditation:  Daily, pray and/or meditate.  Some houses of worship, now offering services via internet and/or television.


  • Deliveries:  Call your local area grocery store, drug store, restaurants, etc., to deliver to your home  or curbside pick-up, carryout or drive-thru service.

  • Appointments:  Do you need to keep at this time or can you reschedule later date.

  • Assistance:  If need, ask for help from a family member, friend, neighbor, etc.

In spite of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, both UMDF and AACT want to reassure you UMDF will  stay connected with our mito-community.  So, be alert for upcoming special e-blasts from UMDF.  Especially at this time, we deeply care for your health and well-being in this crisis.  We will get through this together.  Take care and be well.

On March 24, 2020, Doctors Bruce Cohen, Fran Kendall, Sumit Parikh and Amy Goldstein conducted a webcast for patient families and caregivers about the impact of the coronavirus.  You can watch the webcast on the UMDF YouTube channel here.

For the latest updates and more information on coronavirus, go to the UMDF coronavirus update page here, or the Centers for Disease Control .  If need be, contact your local state, county or public health department.