I’ve read a lot of articles, tweets and blogs in the last few months about how to manage ‘wandering’ of people with dementia. Just for a change (!!!) I’ll be very up front here, and say they are annoying me greatly.
When I go walking, even if I get lost, I am not a wanderer… I am a person who is out walking.
Sometimes people like to go for walks, even people with dementia.
Sometimes people get lost, even people without dementia.
Sometimes people walk because they are looking for something, even people with dementia.
Sometimes people go walking because they are bored, even people with dementia.
Sometimes people with dementia go walking becasue they might be trying to “escape” or “manage” the boredom of living in an aged care facility, or feeling like they are in prison, when they have done nothing wrong…
Sometimes people with and without dementia go walking due to being lonely and isolated as they live alone and are at home all day.
Sometimes people walk for exercise, even people with dementia.
People with dementia are still “real” people, living their lives just as they did before acquiring the label of dementia.
We are not wanderers, poor feeders, aggressives, or demented sufferers. We are often trying to live well, with very little support from others for our well-being or quality of life. .