Dementia and Wandering Behavior: Concern for the Lost Elder

Dementia and Wandering Behavior: Concern for the Lost Elder

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by Nina M. Silverstein, Gerald Flaherty, Terri Tobin

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This reference addresses the need for caregivers to find preventive measures for creating safe environments that maximize autonomy and at the same time minimize risk for people with dementia. Gerald Flaherty (Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association) and gerontologists Nina M. Silverstein (U. of Massachusetts) and Terri Salmons Tobin define dementia and review the relevant literature, discuss community responses to wandering, and address the needs of a variety of individual care providers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, is Associate Professor of Gerontology at the Universitiy of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Public and Community Service. Since 1984, she has worked closely with the Alzheimer's Association on projects related to patient care, caregiver, and community support. She served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Statewide Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and was also a long-time board member for the Council on Aging in Needham, Massachusetts--the first accredited and reaccredited Senior Center in Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an active member of the American Society on Aging and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

A graduate of the Heller School, Brandeis University, Dr. Silverstein has been publishing and presenting on aging issues at national conferences for over 20 years.

Gerald Flaherty has been with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association since 1989. As Director of Special Projects, he coordinates the national Safe Return Program in Massachusetts, the chapter's Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee, and its media relations. In his previous work as an analyst in the Massachusetts State Senate, he helped draft legislation to assist caregivers of people with dementia. His mother died of Alzheimer's disease.

Safe Return is a registry-based program that coordinates efforts to locate and recover people with dementia who become lost. It is operated 24 hours a day by the Alzheimer's Association with support from the U.S. Justice Department. In his role as Safe Return Coordinator, Mr. Flaherty has been involved in some 800 lost patient cases, and has provided training to police, firefighters, EMS, search and rescue personnel, and elder care workers throughout Massachusetts. He has helped to develop training materials and videos for the Safe Return Program, and serves on several local and national advisory groups. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect , and the Attorney General's Law Enforcement Newsletter.

Terri Salmons Tobin, PhD, is Associate Director of Research at Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She received her PhD in Gerontology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 1999. Her dissertation was titled Wandering, Getting Lost, and Alzheimer's Disease: Influences on Precautions Taken and Levels of Supervision Provided by Caregivers. Dr. Tobin's work on this book was also influenced by her position as an Alzheimer's respite caregiver and "walking buddy" during graduate school. Her current areas of research include those involving caregiver issues, Alzheimer's disease and wandering behavior, housing and serious mental illnesses, and co-occuring disorders.

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