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Tips for finding your way home

How people living with various risk levels of dementia can stay safe when going for walks:

Low risk

  • Focus on education and awareness offered by the Finding Your Way Program and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
  • Check with your local police department or Alzheimer’s society to see if they have a Vulnerable Persons Registry or another identification program you can register yourself in.
  • Consider using MedicAlert identification.

Medium risk

  • Exercise or walk with a partner, or if you are alone, purchase and wear a locating device. You can also use cellphone apps like Google Maps or Find My Friend.
  • Create a list with a friend or care partner of your past homes and workplaces in case you get lost; this information can be used to help find you.
  • Have someone keep tabs on you through a buddy system; for instance, ask someone who knows your daily routine to check in with you every morning and evening or monitor locating devices.

High risk

  • Use locating technologies such as commercial GPS or GPS devices on your cellphone.
  • Seek community supports such as home care or social workers.
  • Consider using MedicAlert identification.
  • Register yourself with a Vulnerable Persons Registry or another identification program if possible.

If you get lost

  • Use the map apps on your cellphone to help find your way home, and keep your address saved on your phone or on a card in your wallet or jacket.
  • Have a friend or family member you can call in case you get lost.
  • Ask a local business for assistance.
  • Wear an ID bracelet or have your care partner’s phone number in your jacket or wallet.