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.

By Alzheimer's Reading Room

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.



Jan 18, 2017

An Undetected Urinary Tract Infection Can Kill an Alzheimer's Patient

Urinary tract infections can be the "bane" of our existence as caregivers of people living with dementia.


UTIs are a cause of great distress. This happens to caregivers because urinary tract infection often go undetected even by doctors and physician assistants. Urinary tract infections in dementia patients don't always come with signs and symptoms.


In dementia patients the signs and symptoms of a UTI are often silent. Persons living with dementia rarely tell us they have a UTI. Why? Because they don't know it.

UTIs often cause dementia patients to become mean. 



7 Ways to Cope with Dementia Patient Agitation, Aggression, and Meanness

Studies indicate that agitation or aggression is seen in up to 80 percent of Alzheimer's patients.


Agitation or aggression can lead to an Alzheimer's patient being placed in a nursing home, or a memory care facility.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I think about Alzheimer's, dementia, agitation, and meanness all the time. Why?

Agitation or aggression can lead to an Alzheimer's patient being placed in a nursing home, or a memory care facility.