The COVID-19 pandemic has created unexpected situations and stress for people worldwide. Individuals with cognitive impairment, such as dementia, may encounter even more significant challenges due to their diagnosis. Dementia caregivers need to address this new normal with their clients and loved ones carefully.
Dementia has not been identified as a risk factor for COVID-19, just like dementia does not increase the risk for flu or pneumonia. But, dementia-related behaviors and challenges can increase risk. Some of these include increased age, comorbidity -the presence of more than one illness present in the same person at the same time-, non-adherence to medication or treatment plans, and other common issues.