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e‐Mental health care for people living with dementia: A lesson on digital equality from COVID‐19

Dai, R; Spector, A; Wong, G; (2020) e‐Mental health care for people living with dementia: A lesson on digital equality from COVID‐19. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring , 12 (1) , Article e12100. 10.1002/dad2.12100. Green open access

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Abstract

The urgent need to mitigate the mental health consequences for vulnerable groups under pandemic conditions is clear.1 People living with dementia (PLwD) are among the most disadvantaged. The majority of PLwD are older persons with chronic conditions with increased mortality risk, in addition to risks of infection associated with cognitive impairment, which causes difficulties in following personal hygiene instructions.2, 3 The "stay‐at‐home" and visitation restrictions measures save lives, but at a cost to the mental health of PLwD and their carers: when "non‐essential" activities such as psychosocial interventions are cut,4 negative consequences such as loneliness, depression, worsened cognition, agitation, and carer burden3 are logical outcomes, and people are left to their own devices to handle the likely long‐term damage to their mental health.

Type: Article
Title: e‐Mental health care for people living with dementia: A lesson on digital equality from COVID‐19
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/dad2.12100
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/dad2.12100https://doi.org/...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2020 The Authors. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Alzheimer's Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10117926
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