Alzheimer's sufferers are sometimes inclined to wander. Wandering occurs when the person, for whatever reason, decides to go off on their own. They may simply walk away, or they may attempt to drive themselves, which is a danger in and of itself. Often they do not know where they are going, but for some reason they
feel a need to go. They can end up lost and confused, showing up in the most inappropriate places.
Wandering can result from a number of things:
These things may help manage the tendency to wander:
Enroll the person in the Alzheimer's Association's Safe
Return Program, a nationwide identification system that helps to locate
lost loved ones. Tell your neighbors about the person's condition and keep
their phone numbers handy.Make the necessary changes to secure the home (i.e. deadbolt locks, etc.).
Safe Return is a national, government-funded program of the Alzheimer's Association that assists in the identification, as well as the safe and timely return, of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias who wander off, sometimes far from home, and become lost. The Safe Return program helps reunite families by working through Alzheimer's Association chapters across the country that use trained community members, including law enforcement officials, emergency medical technicians, and transit operators.
The program includes:
Check with your local Alzheimer's Association for more information about how to register. There may be
fees, but you can ask about financial assistance.
Eastern Tennessee Chapter
2200 Sutherland Avenue Portland Building, Suite H 102
KNOXVILLE, TN - 37919
Phone 1: (865) 544-6288
Fax : (865) 544-6249
Northeast Tennessee Chapter
207 N. Boone Street, Suite 1500
JOHNSON CITY, TN - 37604
Phone 1: (423) 928-4080
Fax : (423) 928-1152
Mid South Chapter
4004 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 219B
NASHVILLE, TN - 37215
Phone 1: (615) 292-4938
Fax : (615) 386-9768
Southeast Tennessee Chapter
735 Broad Street, Suite 300
CHATTANOOGA, TN - 37402
Phone 1: (423) 265-3600
Phone 2:(800) 616-1922
Fax : (423) 265-3611