Behavioral, Environmental and Pharmacotherapy Challenges in Dementia during COVID-19 Pandemic: Solutions and Management Issues
With the increase in the world's elderly population, age-related disorders such as cognitive disorders and dementia have increased in this group, and with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, many of the world's rules and regulations have changed, and personal protection recommendations against infection have been recommended by various medical centers, which is very challenging for patients with dementia and can even lead to the development or exacerbation of behavioral symptoms in their everyday life.
On the other hand, caregivers of dementia patients are exposed to the burden of disease caused by the stress of transmitting infection along with the usual care needed for dementia patients, which has definitely increased this time during the pandemic. Therefore, caregivers of dementia patients, both at home and in care centers, need the advice to care for patients and prevent pandemic physical and psychological complications on themselves and their patients.
Regarding the administration of drugs effective on COVID-19 infection and the possibility of their interaction with drugs prescribed in patients with dementia or cognitive complications, delirium, and exacerbation of dementia, there is a need for solutions that are briefly reviewed in this report. It is hoped to provide assistance and support in providing services and care to dementia patients, health care providers, and physicians.
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