According to a report prepared by Jayeeta Rajagopalan, Saadiya Hurzuk, and Narendhar Ramasamy, people with dementia are more vulnerable to complications of COVID-19 infection due to comorbidities and furthermore, face additional problems in accessing healthcare services during this period.
In the attempt to reduce risks of infection, the provision of care services for people with dementia is inadvertently impacted. “Interruption of continued care for persons with dementia and support to caregivers is a primary concern at this time. If infected, their [people with dementia] outcome is likely to be worse.” says Dr. Suvarna Alladi, Cognitive Neurologist and Professor of Neurology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). She further highlights that anticipating and preparing for challenges is key and that the Cognitive Disorders Clinic of NIMHANS has provided guidelines and strategies to be employed by caregivers of elderly with dementia during this uncertain time.
The report can be accessed here.