People with dementia have been some of the worst hit during Covid-19.

Over a quarter of people who died from Covid-19 between March to June had dementia, and the largest increase in excess non-Covid deaths was in people with dementia according to statistics from the Alzheimer's Society.

The impact of lockdown and social isolation on people with dementia was also significant with nearly half (46%) of people living with dementia stating that the pandemic has had a negative effect on their mental health according to a survey conducted by the Alzheimer's Society.

The survey also showed that people living with dementia have experienced an increase in symptoms since lockdown began such as difficulty concentrating (48%), memory loss (47%) and agitation / restlessness (45%).

Carers of people with dementia were also reported as being negatively impacted by lockdown.

For those with a relative suffering from dementia, leading charities recommend social interaction where safe and possible. There are also support groups and phone lines available for those in need of emotional support.