My mom has her good days and her bad days. To almost everyone, she looks normal, but she has trouble remembering things. Her doctor says it's dementia.
Staying active is important to her. Getting out of the house keeps her healthy. It's something I encourage.
That's why I was concerned to hear that 3 out of every 5 people with dementia lose their way and go missing. It wouldn't worry me so much if it weren't for the fact that half of those who go missing for 24 hours end up seriously injured or dead.
I want to keep my mom safe, but I don't want to take away her freedom.
Fortunately, I learned how to make a safety plan which allows her to stay active while giving me peace of mind.