Living with dementia

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Walking

Try to involve the person with Alzheimer's disease in a regular exercise program. Walking outside with her can provide stimulation, as can walks in a local mall when it’s too hot or cold outside.

Regular exercise can use up extra energy, and may help her sleep better. Even a short walk to a local store or restaurant, or a trip to the mailbox, can be beneficial.

Safety

Safe physical walking means that a person walks independently, is steady on his feet and has no history of falling. Many people with dementia are physically capable of safe walking until very late in the progression of the disease.

Risks

Many people with dementia are at risk of becoming lost if they are walking alone, even in familiar surroundings. Or they may continue walking without stopping to rest, increasing the risk of falling.

Help reduce risk

Ensure that the person with dementia always wears comfortable, well-fitting shoes that are difficult to remove.

Discretely label personal effects, including wallets and purses and shoes, with the owner’s name, your name and contact details

Register the person with dementia with the Alzheimer Society’s MedicAlert® Safely Home®, a national registry that stores vital information in a confidential police database. If someone is found wandering or reported missing, police anywhere in Canada can access the necessary information.


Last Updated: 02/08/13
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