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Alzheimer's disease
older people
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Mok, Vincent C. T.
Pendlebury, Sarah
Wong, Adrian
Alladi, Suvarna
Au, Lisa
Bath, Philip M.
Biessels, Geert Jan
Chen, Christopher
Cordonnier, Charlotte
Dichgans, Martin
Dominguez, Jacqueline
Gorelick, Philip B.
Kim, SangYun
Kwok, Timothy
Greenberg, Steven M.
Jia, Jianping
Kalaria, Rajesh
Kivipelto, Miia
Naegandran, Kandiah
Lam, Linda C. W.
Lam, Bonnie Yin Ka
Lee, Allen T. C.
Markus, Hugh S.
O'Brien, John
Pai, Ming-Chyi
Pantoni, Leonardo
Sachdev, Perminder
Skoog, Ingmar
Smith, Eric E.
Srikanth, Velandai
Suh, Guk-Hee
Wardlaw, Joanna
Ko, Ho
Black, Sandra E.
Scheltens, Philip
We have provided an overview on the profound impact of COVID-19 upon older people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and the challenges encountered in our management of dementia in different health-care settings, including hospital, outpatient, care homes, and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also proposed a conceptual framework and practical suggestions for health-care providers in tackling these challenges, which can also apply to the care of older people in general, with or without other neurological diseases, such as stroke or parkinsonism. We believe this review will provide strategic directions and set standards for health-care leaders in dementia, including governmental bodies around the world in coordinating emergency response plans for protecting and caring for older people with dementia amid the COIVD-19 outbreak, which is likely to continue at varying severity in different regions around the world in the medium term.
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Mok VCT, Pendlebury S, Wong A, Alladi S, Au L, Bath PM, Biessels GJ, Chen C, Cordonnier C, Dichgans M, Dominguez J, Gorelick PB, Kim S, Kwok T, Greenberg SM, Jia J, Kalaria R, Kivipelto M, Naegandran K, Lam LCW, Lam BYK, Lee ATC, Markus HS, O'Brien J, Pai MC, Pantoni L, Sachdev P, Skoog I, Smith EE, Srikanth V, Suh GH, Wardlaw J, Ko H, Black SE, Scheltens P. Tackling challenges in care of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias amid the COVID-19 pandemic, now and in the future. Alzheimers & Dementia. 2020;16(11):1571-1581.
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(PMID) 32789951
Subject: MESH
Alzheimer Disease--therapy
Subject: LCSH
Alzheimer's disease--Patients--Care
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-
We would like to pay tribute to all frontline health-care providers (including doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, health care assistants, personal service workers, etc.) and informal caregivers, family members, neighbors, or volunteers, who have been providing the best care and support possible for older people with dementia around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank Dr Zaven Khachaturian and Dr Ara Khachaturian for suggesting the scope of this article and for enlightening how SARS-CoV-19 may impact the brain of older people. Our views in this article are consistent with the mission of The International Society of Vascular Behavioural and Cognitive Disorders (Vas-Cog). Professor Philip M. Bath is Stroke Association Professor of Stroke Medicine and an Emeritus National Institute for Health Research Senior Investigator. We would also like to thank Mr Brain Yiu for his assistance in editing the article.

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