Dementia care and COVID-19 pandemic: a necessary digital revolution

Luca Cuffaro, Francesco Di Lorenzo, Simona Bonavita, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Letizia Leocani, Luigi Lavorgna

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Abstract

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most memory clinics have had to suspend their activities. On the other hand, international dementia experts have recommended to provide urgently worldwide support for people living with dementia. This situation urges to play out new strategies to guarantee adequate care. Telemedicine and digital technology (DT) devices, such as smartphones, can be very helpful in remote monitoring and care. Technological devices such as videoconference or smartphone apps might be used for follow-up visits and support to patients and caregivers and to acquire digital markers of clinical progression. Hopefully, this dramatic situation would facilitate the process of progressive familiarization of neurologists with telemedicine and DT approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1977-1979
Number of pages3
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume41
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • COVID
  • Dementia
  • Digital technology
  • Telemedicine
  • Teleneurology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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