This article was posted this morning in the Wheaton Patch. It shows what can happen (and thankfully there was a happy end to this story) when Alzheimer’s is suspected but not watched close enough:
Missing Woman from Wisonsin Turns Up in Wheaton
82-year-old Caledonia woman went missing Monday and was found a day later in a Wheaton grocery store.
Posted by Ted Schnell (Editor) , December 26, 2013 at 05:43 AM
The story, which the Daily Herald picked up from The Journal Times of Racine, states that Jean Fox, 82, of Caledonia, Wis., left her home Monday afternoon to go shopping. A family member said that Alzheimer’s disease runs in the family, and that Fox was displaying signs of memory loss.
But Fox was found less than a day later — on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 2013, when he collapsed in a Wheaton grocery store
about 80 miles from her home. Authorities said the woman, who said she thought she was in Racine, Wisconsin, later was reunited with her daughter at an Illinois hospital.
I am so glad that Jean was reunited with her daughter. Hopefully now that everyone understands the depth of her disease, she will be able to get more help to prevent this from happening again. We all need to adhere to the fact that With Age Comes Respect and care for those that can no longer take care of themselves!