Researchers still are unaware of what exactly causes Alzheimer’s, in the same way it is difficult to pin-point why older adults with the disease wander with wandering being one of the frightening behaviors for people with Alzheimer’s. As per the Alzheimer’s Association, six in ten people who have the disease will wander which can happen at any stage of the disease. Someone suffering from Alzheimer’s should receive 24×7 assistance in order to live a stable life. Providing constant care and support often becomes difficult for family members. However, families are aware of the dangers associated with having a beloved with memory issues go missing. The risk for injury is higher for a person with Alzheimer’s if he or she isn’t located within the first 24 hours.
The best option for older adults suffering from mobility or memory issues is going for assisted living care and support at a senior living community such as the award-winning Anthem Senior Living in Phoenix, AZ. Expect for your loved one to receive the best form of senior living in Anthem care and support over here.
Following a few tips can significantly lower the risk of wandering among people with Alzheimer’s:
We need to understand the cause first in order to lower the risk. Some of the causes of wandering includes
Noisy Environment– A person with Alzheimer’s may become agitated and anxious in an environment that is noisy or too much chaotic which may make the older adult move from that place and wander around to find a quieter, calmer place to rest. It is important for caregivers to be mindful of background noise, crowds, and an overly hectic environment.
Unknown Environment– With memory being impaired, one tends to forget the once-familiar faces and places which may make a senior wander in an effort to find their way “home”, even when they are already present there. It is advisable to keep familiar belongings including photographs nearby.
Boredom and Uneasiness– An adult with Alzheimer’s might wander because of lack of purposeful activities. Activities as mere as setting the table or folding the laundry can keep boredom and restlessness at bay.
Unfulfilled Needs– This is one of the leading causes of wandering as per researchers. Alzheimer’s affects the verbal skills of individuals thus making it difficult for senior people in communicating their needs like they might be thirsty or hungry or may have an overactive bladder. All of this leads to the person searching for a solution. A very good way to avoid occurrence of such scenarios is by offering food and drinks at regular intervals throughout the day, and by showing the senior to the washroom frequently.
Work Schedules– People suffering from Alzheimer’s tend to forget that are presently retired. They may be caught in the time loop when they were working which makes them wander in an effort to get to work on time. You need to find out effective ways to manage such situations without having to forcefully convince a person with memory loss that they are retired.
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