10 steps to limit Alzheimer’s wandering

Taken from an article in CNN Health:

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and Family Caregiver Month. About 60% of the nation’s 5 million Alzheimer’s patients will wander, according to Beth Kallmyer, senior director of constituent services at the Alzheimer’s Association.

“This is such a big worry for families,” she says. “We tell them their loved ones can wander off at any time, even when you just go into the kitchen for a minute to start dinner.”

Kallmyer advises families that there’s no way to keep an eye on someone 24-7, but that there are some steps they can take to decrease the chances their loved one will wander.

Read about the 10 steps Kallmyer recommends at:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/10/health/alzheimers-lost-empowered-patient/index.html?hpt=hp_bn10

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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