Op-ed: It’s Time to Make Dementia Patients and Their Caregivers COVID19 Priorities

The co-authors of this piece are listed below the article.

There’s a hidden crisis playing out in the shadows of COVID-19. It is one of many insidious injustices that have long plagued Black and Latino communities and families: dementia. New research finds that Black Americans with dementia are nearly three times as likely as White people to become infected with COVID-19.

The time is long overdue for our public health actions to make abundantly clear that people with dementia and the many caregivers who love them are not disposable.

The inability of state and federal.... Read More

             

Advice for Caregivers and People Living with Dementia

This article originally appeared on SF Bay Times.

 

By Dr. Marcy Adelman–

Shelly has been living with Alzheimer’s for several years now. Her wife Joan is her caregiver. Joan emailed me in search of a referral to someone who could advise her about Shelly’s sleep medications, which are no long working effectively. Shelly used to sleep through the night, but now Joan often finds Shelly standing by the front door in the middle of night.

Joan has secured the door in such a way that Shelly cannot open it by herself. She is not worried about Shelly opening the door and wandering off, a common occurrence in Shelly’s stage of Alzheimer’s. But she is worried that Shelly’s.... Read More

             

COVID-19, aging, dementia and social bonds; an Arab American perspective

By Hassan Abbas. This article originally appeared on Arab American News

 

DEARBORN, Mich. – COVID-19 has been a difficult ordeal for Sylvana Berry, 24, and her family. Berry is extremely close to, and has been directly involved in the care of her grandmother, Samira Baghdadi, who has Alzheimer’s Disease.

Baghdadi migrated to the U.S. in 1976 with her husband and six children, escaping from the Lebanese Civil War. She ran a resale shop in Detroit with her family.

Things changed for the large but tight-knit family once they learned their beloved matriarch was having trouble remembering things. Back in 2007, it was Berry and her sister Selena who noticed changes in their grandmother, like when she would get lost on her.... Read More