New resources about wandering for people living with dementia and caregivers now available!
Did you know that 60 per cent of people living with dementia will wander at some point during their disease? The Alzheimer Society of B.C is excited to release two new resources about wandering and dementia, Disorientation and Getting Lost: A guide for people living with dementia and Wandering and Dementia: A guide for caregivers. These guides have replaced the Society’s pre-existing Wandering Package. These new resources can assist people living with dementia and their families to explore a variety of practical strategies to minimize the risk of wandering or getting lost and to be prepared if an incident does occur.
Each guide was reviewed by the Dementia Friendly Communities B.C. Leadership Group of Caregivers and People Living with Dementia. Their lived experience and expertise helped to ensure these resources are relevant and meaningful for their respective populations.
It is important to take proactive steps to understand wandering behaviour. Even if you are not currently concerned that you or the person you are caring for may become lost, it's a good idea to be prepared ahead of time. It is also helpful to remember that multiple strategies are recommended to reduce the risk of a person wandering. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is here to assist people living with dementia and their families to explore these options. For additional information or support, contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre or call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 (toll-free).
Click on the links to download Disorientation and Getting Lost: A guide for people living with dementia and Wandering and Dementia: A guide for caregivers.