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Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the unprecedented global response offers lessons for the growing health crisis of dementia. Most importantly, it shows that a broad coalition of stakeholders – governments, healthcare professionals, international organizations, the private sector, scientific organizations, and the public – can mobilize quickly to address a looming public health catastrophe.
COVID-19 and dementia share similarities in the scale and nature of the challenge and the elements required to establish a response. Both diseases have a health impact that is concentrated among older adults and at-risk groups, but cause broader societal and economic disruptions across families, communities, societies, workforces, and economies. Both require similar strategies for an effective response:
In each of these areas, COVID-19 efforts provide powerful insights that can guide cross-sector responses to the dementia crisis. Alzheimer’s Disease International, The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease (CEOi), and Hoffmann-La Roche hope to stimulate discussion about how our world can apply these lessons to address Alzheimer’s disease: the growing pandemic.