Jan 21, 2017

Why Do People Living with Alzheimer's Want to Go Home?

Do Alzheimer's patients want to go home? Or are they longing for a time and place when they were safe and secure and knew everyone's name and face?

Most Alzheimer's patients want to go home, Why?

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By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My mother repeatedly said she wanted to move back home to a place where she had not lived for over 60 years - South Philadelphia.

The sound of her voice, the look on her face the look of confusion and longing often made me feel deeply sad.

Saying I want to go home, to a place from the past, is a common occurrence among the deeply forgetful (people living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia). It happens to most of us.

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The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower the Alzheimer's community.

The Alzheimer's Reading Room helps members of the Alzheimer's community to understand, cope, and communication with people living with dementia.

At its core the ARR is about helping Alzheimer's caregivers and families to better understand, cope, and communicate with persons living dementia.

Jan 19, 2017

Alzheimer's Patients Wander Due to Excess Tau In the Brain's Navigational System

Sixty percent of Alzheimer's patients wander and get lost. This can lead to injury, harm and even death.

60 percent of Alzheimer's patients wander and often get in harms way.

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It is important to note that 60 percent of Alzheimer's patients are likely to wander. One of the things that always surprises me an Alzheimer's patients wanders and is eventually found is what their family and caregivers say - they never wandered before.

This has happened to readers of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Like this one.

My Dad Goes Missing, Wanders Around, and is Finally Found

We learned later that my father had become disoriented and lost. He did not have a cell phone, remember the name of the hotel where he and my mother were staying, remember my mother’s cell phone number, and he was unable to ask for help.

60 percent of Alzheimer's patients wander, many get injured, harmed or worse.
By Donna Giovannetti
Alzheimer's Reading Room

My father went missing in Maryland. My mother was attending a conference at Fort Meade, Maryland and my father was supposed to pick her up at 4 p.m.

By 5 p.m. he still had not arrived. My mother reported him missing to the Fort Meade police department and called me at my home in Lubbock, Texas.

Thus began some of the most terrible hours of my life.