By Nina M. Silverstein PhD, Gerald Flaherty, Terri Tobin PhD

Winner of an AJN e-book of the 12 months Award! Alzheimer's is readily turning into the epidemic of the twenty first century. this day, an expected 4 million americans be afflicted by this devastating illness. This quantity may possibly explode to fourteen million via the 12 months 2050, whilst child boomers come of age. Written in a transparent and available kind, Dementia and Wandering habit brings recognition to this life-threatening challenge and is helping pros and kin caregivers remember the fact that there are preventative measures on hand. via concentrating on particular responses to wandering habit and describing how you can create a secure surroundings in the house, group, and care facility, this ebook teaches you the way to maximise autonomy whereas minimizing threat for individuals with dementia on your care.

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The following case not only provides an example of that particular difficulty, but also illustrates just how deceiving appearances can be when we attempt to gauge risk in Alzheimer's disease. Mr. E. took the same one-mile walk each day, which involved negotiating a busy intersection near his home in the city. He was reported to state Elder Protective Services by police after becoming lost on three occasions, and the Protective Services caseworker asked that Alzheimer's Association representatives sit in on a family conference.

We would only say here, by way of summary, that some of the best interventions currently available are those which: educate the family caregiver about behavioral management techniques; offer emotional support; engage the person with Alzheimer's in failure-free, therapeutic activities on a daily basis; allow for respite during the week at an Alzheimer adult day health center; modify the home environment to ensure safety and a sense of security; evaluate the person's need for medical treatment, including medications; and monitor the physical and emotional health of both the person with Alzheimer's and the caregiver.

They reported one critical wanderer per year for every 1,000 persons over the age of 65. Using Evans' estimate of the 10% prevalence of AD among those age 65 or greater, then the incidence of critical wandering is 1% among AD patients. S. Census population estimate). The next number game requires figuring out how many cases of critical wanderers never get reported to law enforcement officials. Silverstein and Salmons contacted by phone 463 caregivers who had registered with the Alzheimer's Association Safe Return Program in eastern Massachusetts.

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