Handling dementia on holidays

OUTDOOR TRIPS: The Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association and a doctor at Tzu Chi Hospital in Sindian offer tips for keeping people with dementia safe when in public

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 27, 2020
By: Yang Mien-jieh, Chiu Shu-yu and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

While the Lunar New Year holiday is often a time for family gatherings and outings, it is

People look at the variety of blessing lanterns hung at the Huan An Temple in Tainan’s Liujia District on Saturday.
Photo: Yang Ching-cheng, Taipei Times

also a time when people with Alzheimer’s disease can easily get lost when out in public, the Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association said.

People with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia should be accompanied by at least two family members at all times when out in public during the holiday, and it is important to hold their hands, association secretary-general Tang Li-yu (湯麗玉) said.

Family members should take a photograph of a relative with dementia before leaving the house, and a piece of paper with family contact information should be put in the person’s pocket, backpack or purse, Tang said.

GPS tracker bracelets should also be worn to help prevent dementia patients from becoming lost, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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