Wandering is one of the behaviors that you can expect from a senior who suffers from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. There are many ways that you can help a senior who is prone to wandering as well as to stop the wandering behavior when you feel it's dangerous.
One of the best ways to calm a senior who is wandering out of confusion is to offer her reassurance. Remember not to argue with the senior, as she may get agitated and angry. In her mind, there may be things that she needs to do elsewhere. To calm her, simply let her know that she is safe where she is and that she is staying at home today.
If a senior is wandering and reassurance isn't helping, it may be best to simply walk with her if it isn't dangerous. Staying with her as she wanders the house or yard can help her to be physically active, and it allows her to feel that she is accomplishing her task. If you are able to get her to stop wandering, you can cut short her confusion and give her some time for calm.
The memories of things that she had to accomplish in her life before may be intruding, and this can cause her to believe that she has things to do. Rather than arguing, offer her distracting activities that will prevent her form wandering. A TV show, movie, simple puzzle, family photos and other things that will grab her attention are perfect for getting her to relax and forget those intrusive and agitating memories.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!