When one is tending to a loved one with Alzheimer’s, there are a number of issues which can be difficult to deal with. One of the most common of these is the problem of wandering, which in its most serious form involves a person with Alzheimer’s leaving the safe environs of their home and wandering off. Because of their dementia, they can easily become lost and may be incapable of knowing what to do to get home or to remain safe while they are wandering. For those caregivers tending to a wanderer, an upcoming webinar can provide crucial information and assistance.
“Alzheimer’s and Wandering” is the latest entry in the ongoing series of Family Caregiver Support webinars. It is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The webinar series is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
Some sources estimate that 60% of people with Alzheimer’s wander. Becoming aware of a patient’s absence and finding them quickly is crucial: Up to half of those who are not found within the first 24 hours will encounter serious injury or even death.
Caregivers who attend this online webinar can leave the session with knowledge of:
- The facts about the risks of wandering and what families need to know.
- How to identify things that trigger wandering.
- Potentially life-saving solutions to wandering.
In addition, participants will learn how Home Instead Senior Care is extending its support to this important area of Alzheimer’s education through a new web service designed to help family caregivers locate individuals with a dementia illness who become lost.
Lakelyn Hogan is the Caregiver Advocate for Home Instead Senior Care. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and is currently working toward a Master of Arts in Social Gerontology. She also holds a Master’s in Business Administration, and her undergraduate education focused on Marketing and Communications Studies. Lakelyn has professional experience in the private and public sectors of senior care services. She has worked on special projects for the University of Nebraska–Omaha’s Department of Gerontology and the local Area Agency on Aging.
Next month in the Family Caregiver Support webinar series is “Hospital to Home Preparation for Seniors,” which will be held on December 7, 2016.