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Pandemic isolation has killed thousands of Alzheimer’s patients while families watch from afar

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. Alzheimer’s and dementia have killed 13,200 more people than exp ected during pandemic. Doctors believe isolation has caused widespread deterioration. From the doorway of nursing home, one man fights to save his wife.

Weiterlesen auf washingtonpost.com

Updated: 23. September 2020 — 22:01

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