Walking and Dementia
Many people like to take a walk, go to the shops or exercise the dog. People living with dementia are no different. However, due to the impact of cognitive impairment, a person with dementia may become disorientated to the place they are in, forget the route back to their desired location or decide to head to a location other than was first intended.
For people living with dementia, the freedom, autonomy and choice of taking a walk is an important right that maintains their emotional wellbeing.
Why do people walk?
Like all people, people living with dementia walk for a variety of reasons, including:
Useful tips to reduce the risk of a person getting lost
There are a number of assistive technology devices available to help people living with dementia maintain their independence. Be sure to involve the person with dementia in any decisions to implement assistive technology if possible. A GPS device is no use if the person with dementia does not want to wear it.
- GPS and monitoring devices
- Try to get used to wearing a watch with GPS capability early in the dementia journey
- A waterproof watch will allow it to be worn all the time.
- It is imperative to learn how a GPS device works prior to using it
- Also be aware that some GPS devices use mobile towers to work so do not work outside of mobile reception areas
- Emergency Identification and Medic-Alert pendants and bracelets
- Door sensors and wireless door monitors
- Exit reminders
- Motion detectors
What to do if the person becomes lost
If the person has been gone longer than normal, or is not where you expect them to be:
For more information please contact us on 1300 66 77 88 or email us.