Did you know that 3 out of 5 people living with dementia will go missing at least once?
With 564,000 Canadians currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it is our goal to support families and caregivers by providing education about living safely in the community.
In 2013, the Finding Your Way®
program launched through a partnership between the Ontario government and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Together, they continuously work to educate and inform the public about wandering. Available in several languages, including: English, French, Punjabi, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Tamil, Urdu, Arabic and Tagalog.
How do you know if you’ve come across someone who is missing?
• Are they inappropriately dressed for the weather?
• Do they look confused?
What should you do if you think someone is lost?
• Avoid confrontation
• Approach person from the front, gently
• Call 911 to help the person get home safely
How do you reduce the risks?
• Make a safety plan with your family/caregivers
• If you are living with dementia, always carry identification
• If you are a caregiver, consider enrolling in the MedicAlert Safely Home program
For more information about what to do in instances of wandering, or how to reduce the risk, visit the Finding Your Way® website
Test your knowledge
Would you know what to do if you saw someone with dementia who was lost or confused about their surroundings? Take this quiz to find out!
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