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Alzheimer’s Caregiving: MedicAlert NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program and CaringKind

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More than sixty percent of those with dementia will wander. As a result of their cognitive challenges, many will become lost and be unable to ask for help or negotiate their way through traffic and other potentially dangerous situations. The MedicAlert® NYC Wanderer’s Safety Program is designed to locate missing people who are living with dementia and to support their caregivers. New York City based CaringKind has over twenty five thousand five hundred enrolled individuals in the program. In this interview, Elizabeth Santiago describes the Wanderer’s Safety Program at CaringKind and shares case studies of caregivers and those living with dementia whom the program has served.

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