SafetySeekERS

Why Focus on Dementia? (Source: Alzheimer's Association)

  • 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD)
  • Every 70 seconds someone develops AD
  • Communication deficits, Confusion and Fear
  • 60% of AD patients will wander
  • If not found within 24 hours, 50% of Critical Wanderers may die

Who is Most at Risk? (Source: Alzheimer's Association)

Anyone who:

  • Returns from a regular walk or drive later than usual
  • Tries to fulfill former obligations, such as going to work
  • Tries to "go home" even when at home
  • Is restless, paces or makes repetitive movements
  • Has difficulty locating familiar places like the bathroom, bedroom or dining room
  • Checks the whereabouts of familiar people
  • Acts as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done (e.g. moves around dirt without planting anything)
  • Feels lost in a new or changed environment

Where do Wanderers Go? (Source: Merideth Rowe, RN, PhD - University of Florida, 2001)

A study from the University of Florida College of Nursing and Institute on Aging, which analyzed data on 675 documented wandering incidents revealed the following:

  • Less than 4% of wanderers returned without assistance.
  • 63% were found more than 1 mile from their home.
  • 14% were found 5 miles or more from their home.
  • 22% were found standing in a Roadway (3.4% on Highways).
  • 0.8% were found walking along Railroad Tracks.
  • ALL of those found in remote areas were dead.