Dementia Wandering Articles

  • Wandering Top Tips: How to Secure and Dementia-Proof Your Home

    People diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia often have a tendency to wander outside the safety of their home. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for preventing elopement during episodes of wandering.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Best Products for Monitoring a Senior Who Wanders

    Dementia can cause disorientation and an increased risk of wandering and getting lost. Experienced caregivers’ provide their recommendations for the best products and strategies for monitoring a loved one who wanders.

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  • What Causes Seniors with Dementia to Wander?

    We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for understanding why dementia patients wander and strategies to combat this dangerous dementia behavior.

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  • How to Minimize Wandering In a Senior With Dementia

    Wandering is complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this symptom of dementia. A three-step approach can help you develop a strategy for keeping a wanderer calm and safe.

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  • Managing the Risk of Alzheimer's Wandering

    Alzheimer's disease can erase memories of once-familiar surroundings, and as a result, Alzheimer's patients often wander away from home. It is not possible to completely prevent wandering but caregivers can minimize the risk.

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  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

    For those living with dementia, seasonal changes can bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties. Changes in daylight, meal times, and sleep schedules that come with changing the clocks compound the effect of sundowning syndrome.

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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

    Sundowning can happen year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes, signs and treatments for this complication of dementia.

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  • Caring for A Senior With Alzheimer's At Home

    When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

    Sundowner’s syndrome or sundowning involves a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occur in dementia patients just before nightfall. The Increase in confusion at twilight is distressing for both patients and caregivers.

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  • Adult Day Care Can Fill a Gap for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    The benefits of adult day care services are twofold. Your aging parent can enjoy social opportunities, activities and added safety, while you are free to work, run errands, attend appointments or savor some respite time.

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  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: How to Minimize Agitation and Restlessness

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for keeping a dementia patient calm and engaged.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Location Devices and ID for Seniors Who Wander

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for devices and programs to help locate and identify dementia patients who wander.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Medications to Minimize Dementia Behaviors

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for medications that may help minimize dementia behaviors like wandering.

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  • Visual Cues: Why They Matter for People Living with Dementia

    Familiarity, distinctiveness, accessibility, legibility, comfort and safety: these visual cues help us all throughout our lives. Utilizing each of these cues both inside and outside the home can increase a loved one's quality of life and ability to function safely and independently.

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  • Why Do Dementia Patients Wander?

    The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 60% of people with dementia will wander away from home. It is vital for caregivers to try to understand this behavior, take preventative measures and have a plan in place in case a loved one wanders off.

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  • A Compassionate Response to Wandering and Dementia

    The story begins with a dementia caregiver's greatest fear--a loved one who's wandered away from home--and ends in a compassionate display of validation therapy.

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  • GPS Shoes: A New Way to Track Alzheimer’s Wanderers?

    People with Alzheimer's disease who have wandered away from home is one of a caregiver's biggest concerns. GPS shoes give caregivers a new way track Alzheimer's wanderers.

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  • Locator Services for Wandering Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients

    Any Alzheimer's and dementia caregiver is aware of the risk of their loved one wandering. The issue of wandering is one of the most expensive and life-threatening situations in the United States. Public safety workers and emergency response teams recognize this growing problem. Now there are services with tracking devices for families of loved ones that face this risk.

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