I was sitting on the edge of my bed and staring at my bedroom door when I received the call that my grandma had tested positive for COVID-19. My grandma is 88, lives in a senior living community, has dementia, and by all accounts was a high-risk case. I felt panicked. The fear was exacerbated because COVID was this great unknown danger in April 2020.

It’s common knowledge that seniors have had an especially difficult time during the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately, there is another risk of which seniors should remain vigilant: Contracting COVID-19 may increase the risk of dementia later in life.

Kathleen Kinlin was born and raised in New Braunfels and spent time volunteering in Senior Care Communities. She now works at and produces educational content for a medical clinic in Chicago.

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