Alzheimer’s Association to Host Open House

By WEEK Producer

Alzheimer’s Association to Host Open House

November 3, 2010 Updated Nov 3, 2010 at 4:09 PM CDT

A Safety Services Open House hosted by the Alzheimer's Association will provide caregivers with signs of wandering behavior and tips to reduce it on Thursday, November 4th, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Central Illinois Chapter Office, 606 West Glen Avenue, Peoria.

Safe driving handouts, including tips for balancing independence and safety, and warning signs for drivers with dementia, will also be available.

The Alzheimer’s Association say wandering is always a safety issue for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and while many people wander on foot, others may wander by getting in their cars and driving across the state of Illinois or further.

Individuals can register family members, friends or neighbors with MedicAlert + Safe Return, the only nationwide program that assists in the identification and safe, timely return of individuals with dementia who wander and become lost.

Individuals should bring a list of their loved one’s medications including prescribed dosages and a recent headshot photograph if available.

A photograph can be taken if needed.

Scholarships are available for those on a limited income to cover the $49.95 MedicAlert registration fee through the Heart of Illinois United Way.

The Methodist Wellmobile will be giving Medical Screenings.

Free refreshments will be provided.

Program staff will also be available to provide tours of the facility and one-on-one consultations with families and/or individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association is a donor supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in central, northwest and west central Illinois.

It has three office locations at Peoria, Quincy, and Dixon.

For more information, contact the Central Illinois Chapter at 681.1100, or 800.272.3900, or visit the agency website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral.

Signs of Wandering Behavior:
A person may be at risk for wandering if he or she:

•Comes back from a regular walk or drive later than usual
•Tries to fulfill former obligations, such as going to work
•Tries or want to “go home” even when at home
•Is restless, paces or makes repetitive movements
•Has a hard time locating familiar places like the bathroom, bedroom or dining room
•Acts as if doing a hobby or chore, but nothing gets done (moves around pots and dirt without actually planting anything)
•Acts nervous or anxious in crowded areas, such as shopping malls or restaurants

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