There has been an increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since the start of the pandemic. Experts report that although some of these deaths can be attributed to COVID-19, most are due to an increase in social isolation.
Medical experts report that since the start of the pandemic, patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia have experienced greater confusion and they are sleeping more often, as well as experiencing a decline in their cognitive abilities and self-care skills.
“This decline can be explained by the sharp drop in their socialization and altered routines, which can create significant stress and accelerate the progression of the disease” says Louise Weadock, founder of ACCESS Nursing Services.
More than 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and an important time to learn about the signs and risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as care options available for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
One in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia. Two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women, and older Black Americans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's or dementia as older White Americans. Older Hispanics are about one and a half times as likely to have Alzheimer's or dementia as older White Americans.
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