If you’re a family caregiver of an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, the risk of wandering is one of the potential behavioral symptoms that a loved one could be facing. Wandering could put that person’s safety in jeopardy. Check out the resources of the Prevent Wandering℠ program to help protect your loved one from the potential dangers of wandering. And sign up your older adult for the Missing Senior Network℠, a free web service that can help locate a loved one who goes missing or becomes lost.

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Five Common Triggers for Wandering

Dan’s wife of 65 years is home…the only problem is, she doesn’t know it. “A daily request is for me to take her ‘home,’” Dan said, “in spite of the fact she is home and surrounded by her familiar home décor. She cannot say where home really is and my… Read More

Six Signs Someone with Alzheimer’s Might Wander

Anyone living with a form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s is at risk of wandering. “It’s predicted that six of 10 individuals with Alzheimer’s will wander during the disease process,” said Monica Moreno, director of Early-Stage Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s why it’s important to watch for the potential… Read More

Proactive Steps to Help Minimize Wandering Behavioral Symptoms

Learning a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can be frightening. But preparing for the behavioral symtoms that could result may help both individuals and their families better cope with the disease and keep loved ones safe. Always ask yourself if that individual has an unmet need that… Read More

Wandering 911: What to Do When a Person with Dementia Goes Missing

Even the best prepared families can find themselves in a panic after a loved one has wandered from home. “Three times my husband has wandered away from the house and become lost,” said one family caregiver. “EMTs, state police, bloodhounds, family and neighbors have come to the rescue.” What should… Read More

Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout When Dealing with Alzheimer’s and Wandering

Caregiver Linda did everything she could to keep her husband at home. Family, including grandchildren, and neighbors were willing to help…at first. After a few months, they burned out. So did Linda. “My job was on the line and, one day, I even nodded off at a red light. I… Read More

10 Ways to Balance Independence and Safety When Caring for Someone who Might Wander

Because of symptoms like wandering, keeping a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia at home can seem challenging or downright impossible. It’s one of the main reasons why families choose to move their loved one into a memory care facility. But there are ways for seniors who wander… Read More

Wandering Tips to Help the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

The behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease – such as wandering – can be overwhelming for family caregivers. Caring for an individual with a dementia illness such as Alzheimer’s disease is among the most stressful of caregiving situations. Many caregivers lose sleep because they are afraid of what will happen to… Read More

The Whys Behind Wandering Behavioral Symptoms

Stuart arose early, ready for a new day and excited about the prospect of going to a job he loved. He put on his favorite tie and headed out the door, briefcase in hand, to go to work as an insurance adjustor. But in reality, Stuart is 85 years old… Read More

Resources

Executive Summary

Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, reveals the toll that symptoms of dementia, such as wandering, can play on family caregivers. Nearly half of North American family caregivers say a loved one has wandered off or gotten lost. Nearly three-fourths are taking… Read More

Resources for Alzheimer’s Family Caregivers

HomeInstead.com: Learn more about the Alzheimer’s and dementia services provided by the Home Instead Senior Care® network and locate an office near you. MissingSeniorNetwork.com: Collect information about your senior loved one and prepare a list of contacts to alert if that individual becomes lost. If a senior goes missing, use… Read More

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Tips to Prevent Wandering

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How do you prevent your loved one from wandering? Sign up for the Missing Senior Network to send alerts to your circle of loved ones and friends, keep a journal to help you identify triggers for wandering, door knob safety covers to limit outdoor access, install devices to alert you… Read More