Monthly Archives: October 2016

Home Instead Senior Care’s Prevent Wandering Program

Prevent Wandering Program

My dad used to work for a bank. Just this past week I found him trying to get into my car, at six in the morning! My fear is that he will find the keys and seriously hurt himself or someone else…”

“I’m always worried that mom will get out of her room and wander into the kitchen while I’m asleep. Most nights I don’t go to bed until dawn…”

“When my uncle wandered off we found him in a corn field. He was OK, but he kept doing it again and again. We don’t know what to do….”

Wandering is one of the most challenging behavioural tendencies of seniors living with Alzheimer’s or any other type of dementia. It can also be quite frightening. The truly unfortunate stories we hear make our hearts drop every time. We understand the feeling of knowing that your loved one can’t remember that they’re retired, or that they actually are at home, is indescribable. Every day is a challenge for the family members, friends, neighbours, and especially the seniors. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 out of 10 living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia will wander – however, all those with dementia are at risk, no matter what stage they are dealing with.

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Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Dementia

Senior and Caregiver outdoors while raining

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s (…yet), there are a variety of ways you can change your day-to-day life to help reduce your risk of developing dementia. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s is known as a progressive disease. There are multiple treatments that can be done to slow the pace of a person’s decline, but ultimately there is no way to reverse the disease. Your loved one might be able to function fairly well in the early stage, however, that could change very quickly. The speed at which an individual’s dementia progresses is as unique as their personality.

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