Seasonal influenza and other diseases cause more illness and death in older people than they do in younger ones. But there was a surprising jump of almost 20% in the number of deaths from dementia over the summer, which caught many doctors off guard. Gerontology professor Laurie Archbald-Pannone of the University of Virginia was not one of them, however. She explains the factors, including social isolation and overwhelmed caregivers, that have likely contributed to the sad rise in deaths from dementia during the pandemic.

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In the time of coronavirus, people with dementia and their caregivers need more support than ever. Westend61 via Getty Images

Dementia deaths rise during the summer of COVID, leading to concern

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia

New statistics show that people with dementia have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.

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