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Emergencies: What to Do if Your Loved One Wanders

If your efforts to prevent wandering haven’t worked and your loved one has wandered off, what should you do? Your natural reaction will probably be to run outside and frantically search in any direction.

But experts say that the first thing you should do is call 911 to alert the authorities. If your loved one is registered with organizations like Project Lifesaver or the Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return program, you can call them, too. Once you’ve done that, you can start looking yourself.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on May 29, 2014
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