Dementia Wandering

  • 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 Stop Dementia Patients from Wandering

    Use this three-step approach to better understand why dementia patients wander and develop interventions for wandering that prioritize safety, independence and calmness.

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  • Products and Strategies for Managing Dementia Wandering

    Alzheimer’s disease erases memories of familiar surroundings, often causing disoriented seniors to wander away from home. Explore the following wandering prevention products and strategies to keep a dementia patient safe at home.

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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 seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, the time change each fall may exacerbate symptoms of sundowning. Less daylight and modifications to one’s daily routine often bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

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

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  • 6 Tech Tools I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    There have been countless advancements in the use of elder care technology to extend seniors’ independence and help ease the burden on family caregivers. A veteran caregiver shares her thoughts on technology’s growing role in caregiving.

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  • Tips for Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s At Home

    Many families are committed to caring for Alzheimer’s patients at home for as long as possible. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to ensure a safe and successful in-home care experience.

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  • Should Someone With Dementia Be Driving?

    Although changes in a loved one’s abilities may not be readily apparent, dementia and driving are a dangerous mix. Use these tips to tackle the issue of unsafe driving with a dementia patient.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowners Syndrome

    Sundown syndrome, or sundowning, is a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occurs in some dementia patients just before nightfall. Learn about sundowning symptoms and how to cope with these disruptive behaviors.

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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

    The only certainty when diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is that a senior’s condition will progressively worsen. The national Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful staging system to use as a frame of reference when coping with AD.

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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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  • The Importance of Visual Cues for Dementia Patients

    Visual cues help us all throughout our lives, whether we realize it or not. Utilizing these cues both inside and outside the home can improve a dementia patient’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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