Health

Eye On The Elderly

Research suggests many could be at risk of dementia from COVID-19 complications

MEDICAL officials in Jamaica are keeping a close eye on the elderly who have contracted COVID-19 as global research suggests millions could face increased or accelerated risk of dementia as a result of long-term complications.

Dementia is described by the Oxford Dictionary as a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning

Data from the 2021 World Alzheimer’s Report says the current pandemic has major implications for dementia rates, including Alzheimer’s disease, and several factors are likely to change the dynamics of dementia incidence now and for years to come, with specific impact on long-term care.

The report stated that older people with cognitive impairment or dementia are more susceptible to viral infection because of their age, co-existing morbidities, aging of the immune system, and reduced ability to adhere to preventive measures.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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