Some people choose to a caregiver job. For others, it’s simply handed to them by life’s circumstances. Thus, America is full of family caregivers – people whose relatives or loved ones need their constant care in order to function well.
One of the main diseases dealt with by family caregivers is Alzheimer’s. As loved ones lose their memory and normal cognitive function, they require increased supervision and care. And this can be a stressful task for someone who is trying to work another job, raise kids, and run a home in addition to caring for their loved one. Alzheimer’s produces feeling of worry and anxiety in caregivers. Will my dad stay at home if I run over to the neighbors? Will he recognize me today? What if he gets confused and angry again?
One major worry for Alzheimer’s caregivers is that they will wander from home, forget how to return and find themselves lost. They may not even be able to tell helpful passerby where they came from, or even their basic information. That’s why four communities in central Maine have worked together to create The Wanderers Database.
For those with family caregiver jobs, The Wanderers Database can provide much-needed peace of mind for their loved one’s safety. This program allows police to access information about those who may be prone to wandering (provided by their families). If a person in the database goes missing, police can instantly disseminate pictures, personal and medical information to surrounding police units, allowing for a faster and more effective search. Read more about the Maine-based program here.
The Wanderers Database is just one example of a world adjusting to a growing elderly population. And we’re glad for anything that makes our family caregivers’ lives a bit easier! They deserve it.
If you’re a family caregiver looking for some support and advice, visit our Familial Caregiving forum, where caregivers can interact and give advice. Additionally, visit our Caregiver Resource Center which is chock-full of helpful and exciting ways to improve your caregiving skills!