Alzheimer's Society responds to Age UK report: Impact of Covid-19 on older people’s mental and physical health
Age UK published a briefing that presents their findings on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on older people’s physical and mental health. James White, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, comments on the figures.
James White, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society:
'These stark and alarming figures are a distressing reminder of the long, tough road to recovery ahead for millions of people, especially people with dementia, who have been worst hit by the pandemic.
'We’ve heard from countless people who have watched from afar as their loved ones have rapidly declined – for many, the loss of skills and ability to do the everyday tasks we often take for granted will tragically be irreversible.
People living with dementia must be prioritised as we emerge from the pandemic.
'We’re calling for the government to fully-fund a national rehabilitation strategy so that people with long-term conditions are able to manage in the months and years ahead and have the support they so desperately need.'
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