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Covid-19 lockdowns contributing to faster deterioration in dementia patients

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

The sudden absence of human contact and mental stimulation during COVID-19 believed to have contributed to the deterioration of health conditions in people living with dementia.

An article published in ABC NEWS highlighted the findings on the mental health impacts of Covid-19 on people living with dementia, their families and carers.

A carer for a person with dementia said,

“I’m well aware that dementia or Alzheimer’s comes in steps and that no-one’s progression is the same, but it was so significant, and the drops were so sudden,”

Please read the full article here. This article quoted the discussion paper which was developed in partnership with Dementia Australian and the University of Sydney (grounded in data generated as part of StepUp for Dementia Research initiatives). The discussion paper is here.