How the coronavirus pandemic challenges dementia patients and nurses | COVID-19 Update

How the coronavirus pandemic challenges dementia patients and nurses | COVID-19 Update

The risk of severe coronavirus symptoms rises steeply with age. Nine in 10 deaths have been people over 60. There’s more evidence showing a person with dementia in a care home is actually at higher risk of catching COVID-19. So how do you go about isolating someone, for whom isolation is the worst thing possible? And how to explain to them what the coronavirus is and how to respond, when they keep forgetting? We’ll talk to a dementia nurse about that in a moment. First this report on how a family’s coping with the same situation in India.
With over 4 million cases, India has the third highest Alzheimer’s burden in the world, after the US and China. Experts fear the lack of awareness surrounding the disease could mean many go undiagnosed. For those who do get treatment, the coronavirus lockdown has been an isolating, difficult experience for many. But families, and experts, and adapting to help these patients.

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