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Wandering and getting lost. Warning signs.

Anyone who has dementia is at risk of going missing, even in the early stages of the disease. It's not always possible to predict when it might happen, but it's wise to be on the lookout for the following warning signs:

  • Returns from a regular walk or drive later than usual
  • Tries to fulfill former obligations, such as going to work
  • Tries or wants to "go home," even when at home
  • Is restless, paces or makes repetitive movements
  • Has difficulty locating familiar places like the bathroom, bedroom or dining room
  • Asks the whereabouts of current or past friends and family
  • Acts as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done (e.g. moves around pots or dirt without actually planting anything)
  • Appears lost in a new or changed environment

Remember, a person with memory problems can still go missing even without showing any of these warning signs

List of warning signs ©2012 Alzheimer’s Association. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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Last Updated: 11/08/2017