Might as well grab a tissue now… Yes, before reading this post or watching this video. If you know anything about Alzheimer's Disease, you probably know that people with dementia can get confused and wander at times. Did you know that 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander? It's an incredible statistic and it can have very serious consequences.
The Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) says that “A person with Alzheimer's may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it.” A few of those strategies include the assurance that all basic needs are met, using devices to signal when a door (or window) is opened, and keeping car keys out of sight.
True Love -“A Moment Of Clarity”
Back to that tissue advice. Did you grab one? OK good… So imagine when Doris Amrine of Little Rock, Arkansas noticed that her husband Melvyn (a dementia sufferer) turned up missing. Melvyn normally needs help walking around the block, so this was particularly concerning. Melvyn had given flowers to his wife every Mother's Day since the birth of their first child. The day he went missing was the day before Mother's Day.
Even though the mind doesn't remember everything, the heart remembers. – Doris Amrine
When police finally found Melvyn, he was lost but he knew what he was doing. Police reported, “It was absolutely a moment of clarity for him”. He was trying to find flowers for his beloved wife. With their help, he completed his mission proving that at times “Even though the mind doesn't remember everything, the heart remembers.” Enjoy the video.