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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

There Were More Deaths From Alzheimer's And Dementia During The Pandemic. Why?

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In addition to a disproportionate and deadlier impact on seniors, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had another devastating impact - more deaths from Alzheimer's and dementia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were at least 42,000 more deaths from Alzheimer’s and other dementias in 2020 compared with the average of the five years prior.

The CDC also found that by 2050, the number of people 65 and older living with Alzheimer's in the United States will skyrocket from 6.2 million now to 12.7 million.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss this spike in deaths from Alzheimer's during the pandemic is University of Cincinnati Department of Neurology and Rehabilitative Medicine Faculty Member and UC Health Physician Rhonna Shatz, DO.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.