Tackling challenges in care of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias amid the COVID-19 pandemic, now and in the future

Vincent C.T. Mok*, Sarah Pendlebury, Adrian Wong, Suvarna Alladi, Lisa Au, Philip M. Bath, Geert Jan Biessels, Christopher Chen, Charlotte Cordonnier, Martin Dichgans, Jacqueline Dominguez, Philip B. Gorelick, Sang Yun Kim, Timothy Kwok, Steven M. Greenberg, Jianping Jia, Rajesh Kalaria, Miia Kivipelto, Kandiah Naegandran, Linda C.W. LamBonnie Yin Ka Lam, Allen T.C. Lee, Hugh S. Markus, John O'Brien, Ming Chyi Pai, Leonardo Pantoni, Perminder Sachdev, Ingmar Skoog, Eric E. Smith, Velandai Srikanth, Guk Hee Suh, Joanna Wardlaw, Ho Ko, Sandra E. Black, Philip Scheltens

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Abstract

We have provided an overview on the profound impact of COVID-19 upon older people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and the challenges encountered in our management of dementia in different health-care settings, including hospital, out-patient, care homes, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also proposed a conceptual framework and practical suggestions for health-care providers in tackling these challenges, which can also apply to the care of older people in general, with or without other neurological diseases, such as stroke or parkinsonism. We believe this review will provide strategic directions and set standards for health-care leaders in dementia, including governmental bodies around the world in coordinating emergency response plans for protecting and caring for older people with dementia amid the COIVD-19 outbreak, which is likely to continue at varying severity in different regions around the world in the medium term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1571-1581
Number of pages11
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
Volume16
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

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