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Adult Failure To Thrive Listed As A Contributing Factor In Some Pandemic Deaths

With the onset of the Delta variant of COVID-19, local, state, and federal governments are once again speaking about possible lockdowns. We know the elderly population is extremely vulnerable to the virus and to keep them safe, many had been separated from their loved ones for close to a year and now, could such isolation return? Before that happens, both medical and adult care providers need to review some of the latest literature regarding the effects of separating seniors from their families. Doctors now see a trend, in some cases, that distance leads to death. Let’s look at the case of Cintia, an 83-year-old woman, who lives in a long-term care facility here in the Northeast who was separated from her daughter Julinha for nearly a year.

Adult Failure to Thrive (AFTT) is difficult to diagnose

“My mother (Cintia) was a very active woman given her age and her diagnosis of dementia,” said Julinha. “She would walk around the facility several times a day with her walker, something that helped keep her legs working and joints feeling pretty good. She would visit other residents often sharing cookies or some other treat with them. Before the last lockdown, she was dancing at her birthday party, but after months of being confined, she has become a different person who refuses to even get out of bed and her cognitive decline was faster than any of us expected.”