Not knowing which way to turn can be distressing. Depending on the circumstances, you may have even panicked. Perhaps you were lucky enough to have a friendly stranger help you find your way.
Sixty percent of people with dementia-related memory problems become lost at some point. That’s over 120,000 Ontarians. For many of them, it happens without warning. Familiar surroundings may suddenly become strange to them. They get turned around and are unable to find their way home. Many are seniors, but a large number are not.
Becoming lost isn’t just distressing; it can be dangerous. Half of the people with dementia who go missing for 24 hours end up seriously injured or dead.
That’s why it’s so important that we offer our assistance when we come across someone who seems lost or confused. After all, it’s what we hope someone would do for us if we were in the same situation.