As people get older, they notice that their bodies and minds start to slow, break down or both. Along with age comes a variety of conditions and disease that affect only those people who are older. They notice pains that they didn’t have before, cholesterol and blood pressure creeps up, and a whole myriad of other things. One of the most frightening is those that affect the brain and memories. Of the many conditions and disease, Alzheimer’s is the one that is most well known. In advancing stages, those who suffer from this debilitating disease may begin to wander, become agitated after sun down and have no short term memory.
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that affects the brains of those over the age of g5, however there are some cases of those in their 40″s and 50″s, also known as early onset. Characterized by a worsening of memory problems, behaviors and thinking, Alzheimer/s currently has no known cure. It is caused by the destruction of brain cells. Treatment currently includes medication management for symptoms and changing medications that can cause a worsening of the symptoms.
Because Alzheimer’s destroy’s the short term memory first, and then slowly works through all of the memories, wandering can become a big issue. This can be caused by several factors including the idea that they have fulfill a responsibility from long ago, meeting a person from the distant past, and not recognizing their current surroundings. Being able to control wandering has become a major part of helping the Alzheimer patient.
Instituting a variety of methods, a caregiver can reduce the chances of a person wandering alone outside and becoming lost. These can include installing deadbolts, alarms on doors or windows, placing a medical Id bracelet on their arm and having a fence that surrounds the property. You can also notify neighbors, police departments and other medical facilities of the patient who wanders. Providing a picture of the sufferer, it can be easily accessed with contact information in the event they do become lost. Preventing a person with Alzheimer’s from becoming lost is paramount in the caregivers duties.
Because Alzheimer’s disease destroys brain cells, the eventual loss of memory and self will occur. Part of this process is wandering. Knowing how to prevent wandering and steps to protect the patient in case they do get lost is one way you can help the sufferer be safe at home or in a facility. By ensuring the safety of these people, you can prevent another patient from becoming severely injured or worse.