Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer's may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it.
Wandering and getting lost is common among people with dementia and can happen during any stage of the disease.
Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for
wandering. Even in the early stages of dementia, a person can become
disoriented or confused for a period of time. It's important to plan
ahead for this type of situation. Be on the lookout for the following
Wandering can happen, even if you are the most diligent of caregivers. Use the following strategies to help lower the chances:
Begin search-and-rescue efforts immediately. Ninety-four percent of
people who wander are found within 1.5 miles of where they disappeared.
Read more: http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.asp#ixzz40zsMZf8Y
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