An ID Program to Find Lost Dementia Wanderers

Wearable identification bracelets, necklaces, and dog tags are useful in the event that your loved one gets lost, grows confused about his or her location, or forgets the way home. This can happen when you least expect it -- say, during a routine outing to a mall that's been frequented for decades.

The Alzheimer's Association partners with the MedicAlert Foundation to offer the MedicAlert + Safe Return program. The bracelet (or pendant) identifies the wearer's medical conditions (such as being memory impaired) and has a toll-free emergency-response number.

Paula Spencer Scott

Paula Spencer Scott is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers and much of the Alzheimer's and caregiving content on Caring. See full bio