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The number of wandering episodes has been steadily rising, posing life-threatening consequences to those individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Today, it is estimated that 60% of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments will display some form of wandering behavior, which will puts vulnerable individuals at great risk.
Know the signs
Be aware of some of the potential wandering warning signs. If your family member or friend:
The best practices as a caregiver to help protect a loved one from the consequences of a wandering episode is to plan for the behavior, prevent their ability to wander and prepare a strategy in the event a wandering episode occurs.
All wandering behavior is potentially hazardous. If an individual goes missing, the longer they are missing, the more likely they may incur injury. Wandering is a problem that knows no age and can occur in anyone with impaired cognitive function, particularly those with memory impairments. Even if your family member or friend does not actively present wandering behavior, practice prevention methods in advance.
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