Dear Carol: My mother has Alzheimer’s disease. She lives with us in our home, but there isn’t someone available during the day. So far she is doing okay, but I’m worried about the fact that she wants to go outside, and then she just takes off muttering things I don’t understand. I know wandering is a part of Alzheimer’s. What can we do? Francie
Dear Francie: You are right that wandering is a common factor with Alzheimer’s. It’s one of the most frightening changes for caregivers, especially since people with Alzheimer’s, mostly elders, can be physically frail. They are most certainly vulnerable.