Coronavirus & Dementia

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. There are over 200 subtypes of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia. Some people may have a combination of different types of dementia and these are commonly called mixed dementia.

People with Dementia may be finding it very difficult throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. It can cause difficulty when trying to maintain social distancing and hygiene procedure

Someone with Dementia may find it hard to understand what Coronavirus is, or when everything will come to an end.

Social Distancing & Dementia:

  • People with dementia may not understand why they need to stay 2 meters away from people or why some people are wearing face masks.
  • They may find it unsettling not being in their usual routine, regularly seeing their family and friends or attending social groups.

We have been encouraging our clients to go out for little walks locally, on routes that are quiet, watching exercise videos, introducing them to activities at home such as colouring, puzzles and dancing rather than going out to the garden centre or coffee shop as they did before lock down.

The Alzheimer’s society has a video explaining about Dementia & Social Distancing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=17&v=ivAoc4ytKeo&feature=emb_title

You may know of someone who is sadly suffering with dementia, I’m sure they would appreciate a call!