Alzheimer's is devastating for 50 million people worldwide who suffer from the disease. But besides the patients, it can be even tougher for care givers and loved ones. It's incredibly terrible to watch family members slowly succumb to this debilitating disease.
For those of you that don't know, Alzheimer's disease isn't just a person becoming forgetful. It's a neurodegenerative disease that gradually strips the brain of functioning tissue and nerves, causing memory loss, dementia, mood swings, organ failure and eventually death.
People diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease are generally given between three and nine years to live, and there's currently no known cure. Alzheimer's is a truly tragic disease, and caretakers must stay vigilant every day to care for their loved ones and make sure they stay safe. That task can be extremely difficult, especially if your family member wanders off.
In fact, the possibility of a person with Alzheimer's wandering off is pretty great. Six in 10 will wonder, not remember their name or address, making it very dangerous.
Luckily, caregivers can access a wealth of information and tips to prevent wandering with the official Alzheimer's Association site. With this site, you can learn important safety tips to keep everyone safe, as well as learn more about the disease and what you can do to help your loved ones.
These include ways to make a plan, how to prevent wandering, and what to do if your loved one disappears.