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    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.

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    • 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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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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