Isolation Has Caused 13,200 Excess Dementia Deaths in the US Alone
"People with dementia are dying not just from the virus but from the very strategy of isolation that’s supposed to protect them"
Beyond the staggering U.S. deaths caused directly by the novel coronavirus, more than 134,200 people have died from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia since March. That is 13,200 more U.S. deaths caused by dementia than expected, compared with previous years, according to an analysis of federal data by The Washington Post.
Overlooked amid America’s war against the coronavirus is this reality: People with dementia are dying not just from the virus but from the very strategy of isolation that’s supposed to protect them. In recent months, doctors have reported increased falls, pulmonary infections, depression and sudden frailty in patients who had been stable for years.
Social and mental stimulation are among the few tools that can slow the march of dementia.
Source: The Washington Post (excerpt)