Loss of smell, emotional detachment and other cognitive disorders among COVID-19 survivors has in recent weeks become an urgent medical issue. Some patients experience psychotic breaks. Others report strange neurological symptoms—tremors, extreme fatigue, phantom smells, dizziness and bouts of profound confusion, a condition known as “brain fog.” In one early study of more than 200 … Continued
Experts argue more must be done to protect society’s vulnerable populations after a study revealed that individuals with dementia – in particular Black Americans – are at an increased risk of getting COVID-19. Researchers from Case Western University studied electronic health record data from 61.9 million American adults and found the risk for contracting COVID-19 is … Continued
Patients with dementia are at higher risk for Covid-19 and are more likely to have worse outcomes, according to a new study published today. The study, led by Case Western Reserve University researchers, reviewed electronic health records of 61.9 million adults in the United States and found that the risk for contracting Covid-19 was twice as … Continued
Social distancing has been in a common phrase since the beginning of the pandemic. Doing so can protect people and others around them from the spread of COVID-19. According to experts, however, distancing without efforts to maintain connections can lead to social isolation, especially for people already vulnerable to it, including those with memory loss … Continued
“We know that those are important in Alzheimer’s disease and we’re seeing them play a key role here in COVID-19,” says Heather Snyder, vice president of medical and scientific operations at the Alzheimer’s Association. “And what that may mean in later life, we need to be asking that question now.” So the association and researchers … Continued
Beth Kallmyer, vice president of Care and Support for the Alzheimer′s Association, a national advocacy group, said she’s frustrated that 10 months into the pandemic, she′s having some of the same conversations she had at the start. “We know a whole lot more now than we did in March, but we′re still talking about” lack … Continued
While many clinical trials are being impacted by COVID-19 due to self-isolation, social distancing, travel limitations and site closures, fewer interruptions are being felt in the world of the virtual clinical trials and observational studies, many of which exist in the form of an online survey that takes 15 minutes or less to complete. We … Continued
Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.