Jan 30, 2012

Missing Alzheimer's Patient Wanders Away in Red Pajamas, Was He Invisible?

See Jack walk away. See Jack disappear in his red pajamas. Are Alzheimer's patients invisible?

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Jack Randles
Jack Randles an 84 year old man living with Alzheimer's disappeared on Wednesday and was finally found on Saturday.

More than 60 volunteers from the King County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit were searching for Jack each day, they didn't find him.

It seems Jack walked at least several miles in red pajamas and a pair of sneakers before he settled down for a few days.

Eventually Jack broke into an empty house and got in bed.

Fortunately, a woman checking her parents’ home while they were on vacation found some signs someone might be in the house. She called 9-1-1. The police came and found Jack asleep in bed (I would have liked to have seen the look on their faces).

When found, Jack did have had cuts and scrapes on his face, legs and knees but otherwise appeared to be in good health.

Okay, lets recap.

An 84 year old man with Alzheimer's disappears. Manages to walk several miles in red pajamas and a pair of sneakers.

Did anyone see him walking around in his pajama's? Or, maybe this didn't seem odd or strange to anyone so they didn't get involved.

60 police officers and volunteers search for a few days and no one finds Jack.  I'm sure they were asking around to determine if anyone saw Jack.

Finally someone comes to check a house and notices the house has been broken into and they call police. Police then identify Jack.

How did Jack get all those cuts and scrapes all over his body? How long was he walking around? Are persons with Alzheimer's invisible? What did Jack eat?

Is this an example of
  1. "no one survives Alzheimer's, not a single person"?
  2. "More there"?
  3. Or, ....
What do you think?

PS. No mention in any of the currently available stories or releases mentioning any family, or their reaction to the situation.

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room