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Dementia and wandering behavior : concern for the lost elder
Silverstein, Nina M.
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New York : Springer Pub. Co., [2002]

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xiv, 215 pages ; 23 cm
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Professionals and family caregivers need to know that there are preventive measures available to create safer environments that maximize autonomy while minimizing risk for people with dementia in their care. Authors Silverstein, Flaherty, and Tobin focus on specific responses to wandering behavior, and describe ways to create a safe environment in the home, community, and care facility. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book draws attention to a life-threatening problem facing an estimated two to four million Americans.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Part I Introduction
Introductionp. 3
1 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: An Overviewp. 9
2 Comprehensive Review of the Literature on Wandering Behaviorp. 28
3 The Dementia Wanderer: A Profilep. 52
Part II Current Community Responses to Wandering Behavior: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why
Introductionp. 71
4 The Caregiverp. 73
5 Law Enforcement and Technologyp. 95
6 Long-Term Care Providersp. 111
Part III Creating a Safe Environment
Introductionp. 129
7 The Home: Recommendations for Family Caregiversp. 131
8 The Facility: Recommendations for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Residencesp. 141
9 The Community: Recommendations for Elder Care and Acute Care Providersp. 156
10 The Lifesaving Role of "First Responders:" Recommendations for Police, EMS, Fire, and Search & Rescue Personnelp. 166
Conclusionsp. 186
Referencesp. 193
Indexp. 207