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Alzheimer’s Association program for loved ones who wander

Alzheimer’s Association program for loved ones who wander
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May 9, 2019
Media Contact: Andrew DeFratis, Communications & Public Policy Director, adefratis@alz.org
Media Line: 234.284.2753.
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Canfield, Ohio – Six out of 10 people with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia will wander. The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging families to “prepare for the expected,” by signing up for MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, an identification program that provides peace of mind and informs first responders an individual has memory loss. The program provides 24-hour assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing.

Wandering can be dangerous, even life-threatening, and the stress can weigh heavily on caregivers and family.
 
Those who register through the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter at one of the following events can be set up with free registration.

Families can find out more or register by contacting the Alzheimer's Association at 234.284.2750. The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline is also always available to connect caregivers with local services: 800.272.3900.

 

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