The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. ©2013 Alzheimer’s Association, reused with permission.
Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for wandering. Be on the lookout for the following warning signs in friends and family with dementia:
- Returns from a regular walk or drive later than usual.
- Tries to fulfill 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 like the bathroom, bedroom or dining room.
- Asks the whereabouts of current or past friends and family.
- Acts as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done (e.g., moves around pots and dirt without actually planting anything).
- Appears lost in a new or changed environment.