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    Memory Problems: Wandering

    Memory Problems: Wandering

    Topic Overview

    Wandering can pose a major problem for the caregiver and can be dangerous for a person who has Alzheimer's disease or another dementia .

    Get a medical ID bracelet for the person so that you can be contacted if he or she wanders away.

    • Try to figure out why the person wanders. He or she may be trying to find something specific or looking for a familiar object. A person who wanders at a certain time of day may always have taken a walk or gone to work at that time.
    • Lock outside doors, and use alarms and other devices to alert you when the person wanders outdoors or into unsafe areas.
    • Provide a safe place for wandering, such as an enclosed yard or garden.

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    By Healthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Myron F. Weiner, MD - Psychiatry, Neurology
    Last Revised October 29, 2012

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