Here is an article from the New York Times that addresses the growing, nationwide problem of searching for missing dementia patients. New strategies and tactics are needed to find these individuals. For caregiving help with an aging loved one in the Seattle and Bellevue WA areas, visit www.andelcare.com.
More With Dementia Wander From Home
For generations, the prototypical search-and-rescue case in America was Timmy in the well, with Lassie barking insistently to summon help. Lost children and adolescents — from the woods to the mall — generally outnumbered all others.
But last year for the first time, another type of search crossed into first place here in Virginia, marking a profound demographic shift that public safety officials say will increasingly define the future as the nation ages: wandering, confused dementia patients like Freda Machett.