|THIS ARTICLE WAS PROVIDED BY ALZHEIMER'S OF CENTRAL ALABAMA.
Forecast: 60% Chance of Wandering
If there is a 60% chance of rain do you prepare and consider the weather in your plans? Would you leave your car windows rolled down? After all, there is a 40% chance it won’t rain.
Caregivers of dementia patients take a similar gamble when they don’t consider the very real possibility their loved one with dementia will wander – 60% of dementia patients wander at some point and many do so repeatedly. This is the most dangerous, and potentially deadly dementia behavior.
Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama is working to reduce the dangers of wandering by providing Project Lifesaver bracelets that emit a radio tracking signal. The bracelets have a 100% success rate in Alabama for safe returns. ACA bracelets are available in Jefferson and Bibb Counties. Most Alabama Sheriff’s departments and the Alabama State Troopers provide bracelets. The bracelets are not intended for patients who are driving because they can quickly get out of range.