UTICA, N.Y. - The Alzheimer's Association has released its 2021 Facts & Figures report and it shows COVID-19 had a big impact on people with Alzheimer's and Dementia.
The report shows in New York alone, there were 2,000 more deaths from dementia in 2020 than compared to averages over the past five years, a nearly 19 percent increase.
Alzheimer's Association Central New York Chapter Chapter Executive Cathy James says the reasons are still not clear but factors could include a number of things, "During the pandemic it may have been more difficult for individuals to get early on, to get a test for COVID so there could’ve been individuals that had not been detected to have Alzheimer’s Disease perhaps and passed from COVID during this time period. We also know that it may have been more difficult for individuals to have continue some of their health care during this time as well to an access to that."
To read the full report, click here.