The holidays are almost here…is your loved one wearing their MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return jewelry?
My name is Kim Franklin and I have been working with the Alzheimer’s Association as our Safety Services Manager for eight years now. During the holiday season, I usually see an increase in wandering incidents. At this time of year we tend to be around family and friends, coming and going from many events and things can sometimes get a little loud and exciting. These busy times can often be more confusing for someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. Their day-to-day routine may be thrown off by holiday gatherings and events and there may be crowds of unfamiliar people around. (Remember – even close family and friends can be unfamiliar to persons with more advanced memory loss).
All of the holiday hustle and bustle is often the perfect storm that leads to an increase in confusion and even agitation. For this reason, it is especially important to monitor your loved one around the holidays. If you notice them becoming more confused or overwhelmed, take them to a calm and quiet place and stay with them. Wandering is a real danger to those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia; up to 67% of those affected are at risk for wandering at some point during the disease process. Wandering is especially threatening when the person with dementia is in an unfamiliar and over-stimulating environment. As we approach “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” this year, let’s give ourselves and our loved ones the gift of safety. Enroll your loved one in the MedicAlert + Safe Return program today. Please feel free to call me to find out more about the enrollment process or for additional information about staying safe. 1-800-272-3900
Kim Franklin is the Safety Services & Professional Education Manager at the Alzheimer’s Association, GA Chapter.