Ellen and Billy have been married for 65 years. At their sixtieth anniversary celebration they joked to their friends and family about “till death due us part.” Ellen is now Billy’s caregiver as he deals with late stage Alzheimer’s Disease.
Billy and Ellen remain in their home of 50 years surrounded by a strong faith community and extended family in their town. While their adult children help out, Ellen carries the heavy burden of 24/7 caregiving.
Unfortunately, Billy is wandering away from home with greater frequency. He always leaves with a plan in mind like ‘going to work’ or wanting to visit him mother who passed away decades ago. Billy usually escapes the home when Ellen is out of sight maybe doing laundry or other tasks where her mind is elsewhere.
Families of people with Alzheimer’s Disease learn to ‘listen’ for clues that often precede a wandering episode including:
- Being preoccupied with some urge such as hunger, pain or feeling anxious.
- Poor sleep pattern where the lack of restorative sleep.
- Medication side effects.
- Overstimulation such as loud noises, crowds, unfamiliar surroundings and other stimuli.
- The opposite could cause wander as well such as the lack of stimulation and boredom.
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