自新冠肺炎疫情全球大流行以來,各個層面均受影響,尤其老年族群為新冠肺炎的高危險族群;目前,全球約有五千萬人罹患失智症,在新冠肺炎和失智症兩大疾病同時影響下,在照護罹患失智症的老年族群,除了避免其受到新冠肺炎感染之外,應注意其是否獲得適當心理和社交支持;新冠肺炎在中國爆發期間,中國五個老年醫學組織針對照護罹患失智症的老年族群提出以下建議,例如: 可利用電子媒體,教導其作些紓壓的活動,也可利用熱線電話的服務提供給罹患失智症的患者或其照顧者;中國於新冠肺炎疫情爆發期間,實施大規模隔離措施,對於罹患失智症的老年族群可能產生的影響,所實施的醫療及心理照護可提供給其他國家做參考。

(財團法人國家衛生研究院 蔡慧如博士摘要整理)

Older adults are vulnerable at the onset of natural disasters and crisis, and this has been especially true during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.1 With the aggressive spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the death toll has risen worldwide. According to an interactive online tool that estimates the potential number of deaths from COVID-19 in a population, by age group, in individual countries and regional groupings worldwide under a range of scenarios, most of those who have died were older adults, most of whom had underlying health problems.2

Globally, more than 50 million people have dementia, and one new case occurs every 3 s.3 Dementia has emerged as a pandemic in an ageing society.4 The double hit of dementia and COVID-19 pandemics has raised great concerns for people living with dementia.

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Author:Huali Wang, Tao Li, Paola Barbarino, et al.
原文連結:https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30755-8/fulltext