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The mental health impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Monday, January 11th, 2021

One day the support was gone.

A new discussion paper highlights the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia, families and carers, and outlines 14 practical solutions.

Key recommendations include:

  • The development of future programs and supports that acknowledge the unique needs of people living with dementia.
  • Mitigating isolation and loneliness in people living with dementia and family carers receiving home and residential aged care through ongoing mental health and aged care support services.
  • People living with dementia having access to their designated carers by ensuring essential visits are safely integrated back into residential aged care settings following any lockdown period.

The full discussion paper is available here.

This paper was developed in partnership with Dementia Australia and University of Sydney (grounded in data generated as part of StepUp for Dementia Research initiatives).