Those of us with older parents worry about our parents wandering and getting lost and harmed, and this is becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Some Seniors worry that our spouses will wander. Many who are lost get mugged, attacked, and even die. Local governments spend tens of thousands searching for lost Seniors, and the longer it takes to find them, the more dangerous their predicament becomes.
Six in 10 people with dementia will wander.
One of the most challenging, life-threatening issues related to the care of the person with cognitive loss is the occurrence of wandering, wherein the person strays into unsafe territories and may be harmed. 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. 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. Studies vary on the prevalence of wandering in institutionalized dementia patients but is estimated that 11 % to 24 % wander.
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