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We offer peer-or professionally led groups for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer's and others dealing with the disease. All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, individuals. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, individuals with younger-onset and early-state Alzheimer's, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.
Today six out of 10 people with Alzheimer's disease will wander from their homes or caregiving facilities at some point as the disease progresses. If not found within a 24-hour period, up to half will suffer serious injury or death, and 94 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease who wander are found within just over a mile from his or her place of residence or last location seen. The Alzheimer's Association supports a comprehensive approach to the creation of a system that would address the needs of persons with dementia and their families. This approach would include authorizing grants for law enforcement dementia training that would not only contain a wandering prevention component but would also coordinate efforts between families, caregivers, and local authorities. The system would need to be interoperable with existing programs such as MedicAlert® +Alzheimer's Association's Safe Return® program. MedicAlert + Safe Return is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with Alzheimer's or a related dementia has wandered and becomes lost either locally or far from home. In addition to helping those who have wandered, the program also provides first respondents with vital medical history that may be necessary to treat the person with Alzheimer's who may not be able to communicate the information. To apply for a MedicAlert Bracelet fill out the Application below: