Monday, January 4, 2010

Nashville Man with Alzheimer's Wanders Outside, Freezes to Death


Wandering is not something to be taken lightly.

Nashville Man with Alzheimer's  Wanders Outside, Freezes to Death
Once again I am reminded about the good works of Rose Lamatt. Rose was concerned about a woman in her town that she noticed wandering around aimlessly -- Mrs J. The family didn't seem concerned, so Rose took action.

At the time, Rose was concerned that Mrs J would wander off into the woods and that something terrible would happen.
Nashville police say an 81-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease froze to death after he wandered outside in bitter cold weather.


Officers said the body of John Anderson was found lying under a tree Monday morning in his yard.

No foul play is suspected. Anderson's wife said she put him to bed about 10 p.m. Sunday.

The overnight low in Nashville was 12 degrees.
Wandering is not something to be taken lightly.

To read Rose's articles -- What if Mrs J Wanders Away and Ends Up Dead -- go here.

Some people might have assumed that Rose was sticking her nose in other people's business. Or, that Rose was an alarmist. Rose due to her own life experience understood what can happen when someone with Alzheimer's start to wander. At least we know Mrs J is safe.


Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.


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