Alzheimer’s Disease and Wandering

Aging adults with different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, often become disoriented. A result of this disorientation can be wandering, where the person is literally trying to find his or her way but can’t. Six of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease end up wandering at some point, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Wandering can occur for several reasons:

  • Restlessness;
  • Trying to get home even if they’re already there; or
  • Can’t locate bedrooms, the bathroom or other rooms in the house.

In the video above, I talk about general tips to help caregivers decrease the frustration many people with dementia feel on a day-to-day basis. Adding or maintaining structure throughout the day can help lower the risk of wandering. In addition, the Alzheimer’s Association has some excellent tips on how caregivers can work to minimize the risk of wandering.

Mary Tuuk_2014_SmMary Tuuk, MD, an expert in medical issues facing aging adults, is chief medical officer at InnovAge



This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.



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