Aug 19, 2012

Two Alzheimer's Patients Wander and Die

Sixty percent of patients with Alzheimer's or a related dementia wander. More than you might think end up dead. These two died.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Two Alzheimer's Patients Wander and Die
I think Carole Larking says it best, nobody wanders until they wander. Or, something like that.

Ninety year old dementia patient, Nella Atkins, wander away from home and was the victim of a "hit and run" accident in Waterbury, Connecticut. The accident occurred at 1:30 AM and it appears she was heading to her Church.

No arrests have been made in the case. Investigators urge anyone with information to call Crimestoppers, at (203) 755-1234.

On Wednesday, a 73-year-old Alzheimer's patient was found dead next to her wheelchair after wandering away from a nursing home in Oregon.

This is turning into a "whopper" of story.

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The victim, June Rice, was reported missing via a 911 call to the Oregon State Police at about 1 PM, however, the report did not reach the local Sheriff's office until 6:30 PM. The temperature was over 90 degrees that day.

The problem it seems occurred due to local budget cuts. No one was schedule to work at the local police department until 3 PM. The Oregon State police didn't respond because they had no one available in the area. Although it appears it was their responsibility to do so.

The Alzheimer's patient, June Rice, was finally found dead around 7 PM. Not by the police, but by a man walking his dog. She was found dead next to her wheelchair.

The woman apparently had a stroke but as far as I know there has been no official cause of death.

I don't know how these stories might effect you. I can tell you, 60 percent of Alzheimer's patients wander, and many die.

We have quite a bit of information about wandering, and how to deal with wandering in our knowledge base in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

You can find all 3,800 articles in the Knowledge base by using the search box on the right hand side of every page. You can search by keyword, or you can use a string of words.

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 312,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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