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Alzheimer's And Dementia- Related Wandering: Who's At Risk?

Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with the Alzheimer’s disease. With no cure, this number is expected to increase dramatically throughout the next few decades.. During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, MedicAlert encurages all Americans to increase awareness about the growing number of thos affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. 

Six in10 people with dementia will wander. People can wander or become confused about their location at any stage of Alzheimer's disease, even during the early stage which understandably creates immense concern for caregivers and loved ones. If an individual with Alzheimer’s or another dementia wanders or becomes lost, MedicAlert +Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® can help. Call 888.572.8566 if you know someone who:

  • Returns from a regular walk or drive later than usual.
  • Forgets how to get to familiar places. 
  • Talks about fulfilling former obligations such as going to work.
  • Tries or wants to "go home" even when at home.
  • Is restless, paces or makes repetitive movements.
  • Has difficulty locating familiar places, such as the bathroom.
  • Asks the whereabouts of past friends and family.
  • Acts as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done.

For more risk factors, visit Alz.org/safety.

MedicAlert + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return Can Help Your Loved One

When a person wanders and becomes lost, our 24/7 Wandering and Emergency Response Service works by activating a community support network. The network, including local Alzheimer's Association chapters and law enforcement agencies, work to help safely and quickly reunite the person with their loved ones. 

MedicAlert Reunites Married Couple After Husband Wanders Off During the Night

“I was definitely thankful that Charles had his bracelet after leaving home in the middle of the night. I don't want to think about what could've happened had he not been wearing it.” What was intended to be a relaxing stay at his daughter’s new home last President’s Day weekend escalated into a situation that could have ended tragically. Charles and his wife, Annie, were visiting their daughter and grandkids when he got out of bed and left the house barefoot during a freezing East Coast winter night. A security guard for their gated community had been doing his nightly rounds when he noticed Charile walking. He pulled up next to him and when he tried talking to Charlie, realized he seemed cold and disoriented. As the security guard came closer he noticed Charlie wearing his Safe Return bracelet. “ Within about 30 minutes of realizing he had left the house, I received a call from MedicAlert. Words can't express how thankful I am to you for helping to bring my husband back to me. ”

 

MedicAlert Team Member