Pandemic has Robbed People with Dementia of Precious Life Moments

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, numerous public health restrictions were introduced in long term care homes including limited family visits, no group outings, communal dining or therapeutic recreational activities. These drastic measures have had a devastating impact on residents in long term care, in particular, people living with dementia.

During the pandemic, many residents in long-term care have experienced rapid cognitive decline, increased depression and more behavioural symptoms such as wandering and agitation. Loved ones say that the COVID confinement has robbed people living with Alzheimers’ of precious life moments. “I think COVID has really fast-tracked the progression of his symptoms” says Lyne Gauthier, whose husband Yves was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at age 66.

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