A program that helps return Alzheimer's patients to their homes if they wander away is now affordable to more people.
About 60 percent of the 4 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease will wander away at least once, according to information provided by the Western Maryland Alzheimer's Association. The disease causes individuals to lose their ability to recognize familiar places and people.
The Alzheimer's Association Safe Return program helps return safely those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias who wander and become lost.
Services include identification products, a national photo/information database, a 24-hour, toll-free emergency crisis line, local chapter support and wandering behavior education for caregivers and families.