Dementia care during COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020 | Academic resources, All posts, Guidelines and protocols

Older adults are vulnerable at the onset of natural disasters and crisis, and this has been especially true during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.With the aggressive spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the death toll has risen worldwide. According to an interactive online tool that estimates the potential number of deaths from COVID-19 in a population, by age group, in individual countries and regional groupings worldwide under a range of scenarios, most of those who have died were older adults, most of whom had underlying health problems.

Globally, more than 50 million people have dementia, and one new case occurs every 3 seconds. Dementia has emerged as a pandemic in an ageing society. The double hit of dementia and COVID-19 pandemics has raised great concerns for people living with dementia.

This paper demonstrates the challenges in caring for people with dementia during COVID-19.