Doctor Discusses Cold Weather Dangers Facing Those With Dementia

There have been at least three cases in the past two days in Michigan where people with dementia or early onset dementia walked out in the cold and died. Psychologist Dr. Peter Lichtenberg, the director of the Institute of Gerentology at Wayne State University, tells Michigan News Network many people with dementia do some kind of wandering

“Some of it the need for stimulation, and some of it is sort of an idea that comes to them to go somewhere, and then losing that train of thought,” Lichtenberg said. “It’s incredibly dangerous with the way the weather is now.”

To stop people from wandering, you could install an alarm and make sure they have some type of physical activity. Lichtenberg says a good amount of physical activity will help ensure a loved one sleeps at night instead of wandering.