Italy in crisis: ADI member Alzheimer Italia on the impact of COVID-19 on people with dementia and how they have adapted to support them

Mario Possenti, CEO of ADI’s member Federazione Alzheimer Italia shares his gratitude to the Italian health workforce for their support of people living with dementia in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

As we all know, Italy was the first European country to be significantly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and while we can read all the numbers, what we imagine with difficulty are the tragedies that are taking place near us.

Right now all of Italy is in quarantine; no one can leave except for non-extendable needs. The sound of urban traffic in our cities has given way to an unreal silence broken only by the sounds of ambulances that transport patients to the nearest hospitals.

Undoubtedly, the curve COVID-19 infections shows how the north of our peninsula – the most industrial part – is the area most affected by the epidemic. Perhaps because there has been more contact with China or perhaps just because of a strange game of fate.

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