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Wandering is a primary complaint of many carers of patients suffering dementia, as the people they know and love begin to forget basic memories, such as where they live, being unable to recognize their own house. Methods to reduce this threat is to develop a routine for day to day living, distracting the sufferer from the inclination to leave the house, locking and alarming doors and windows, and supervising outdoor activities. The Alzheimer's Association also provides a national identification database, which includes personal information about the patient and contact numbers, and can be accessed if people do wander. Membership with the scheme also provides sufferers with ID jewelry and clothing labels and the association formulates a recovery plan if one of their members are declared missing.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Pueblo Chieftain
About: Alert caregiving for Alzheimer's patients
Date: 28 December 2005
Source: The Pueblo Chieftain
Author: Gayle Perez
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