We have all seen in the media and from experts that older people, especially those living with dementia, are especially vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are in the age group most likely to suffer from severe symptoms of COVID-19, face difficult decisions around healthcare treatments and hospital admissions, and especially in lockdown or quarantine, may become more anxious, stressed, and withdrawn during the outbreak.
Our first COVID-19 centred webinar consisted of key speakers from among ADI’s network of members from China, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Madagascar, Panama, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the US. During the session, speakers shared candidly how they were adapting their services in order to continue supporting people living with dementia. We also heard from Florence Mueni, a carer from Kenya, who described the complications and anxieties of caring for her mother during COVID-19.