According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease (or another kind of dementia) will experience wandering. Wandering can be dangerous, and the greater the length of time one wanders, the more likely there will be severe consequences. 50% of individuals with dementia who are gone for 24 hours or more suffer serious injury, sometimes even death.
Those who are taking care of individuals with Alzheimer’s can benefit from an upcoming webinar which will focus specifically on “Alzheimer’s and Wandering.”
“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, February 7, 2018. The webinar series is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
In addition, the Home Instead Senior Care network is extending its support to this important area of Alzheimer’s education through a web service at MissingSeniorNetwork.com designed to help family caregivers locate individuals with dementia who become lost. Since individuals with Alzheimer’s who wander often become confused, they may not be able to properly ask for help to find their way back home.
Home caregivers participating in this webinar will leave the session with the ability to:
- Identify potential signs and triggers of wandering.
- Understand why individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias might wander.
- Identify ways to help prepare the home to prevent wandering.
- Know what to do if a person with Alzheimer’s goes missing.
Lakelyn Hogan is a gerontologist and caregiver advocate for Home Instead Senior Care and a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska Omaha, studying social gerontology. She has a master of arts in social gerontology and master’s in business administration from UNO. Lakelyn has professional experience in the private and public sectors of senior care services.
Home caregivers should know that the next webinar in the series will focus on “Holistic Aging: Mind, Body and Soul” and will be held on March 7, 2018.