Pandemic distresses patients with dementia and their carers, survey finds

Lockdowns and disrupted routines have increased mental illness, researchers say

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated symptoms among patients with dementia and left many carers stressed and depressed, Australian researchers say. 

Dr Cathy Andronis.

Their international study of 287 carers found that neuropsychiatric symptoms worsened among patients because of lockdowns and changed routines, with 39% showing increased depression and 37% showing increased apathy.