November 10, 2011

How to limit Alzheimer’s wandering


It was early evening when Lee Ferrero got in his car to make the trip home from a meeting for work. He'd done the trip many times over the years, and he looked forward to the drive. Several hours later he found himself in open farmland in unfamiliar territory. He pulled over, brought out a book of maps, and realized he'd driven two hours past the turnoff to his home in Los Osos, California…But he wasn't just zoning out. A visit to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, showed Ferrero was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia. "That car ride was a real wake-up call," he says. After his trip to Mayo, Ferrero's wife insisted he get a professional driving evaluation…

CNN, Elizabeth Cohen, 11/10/11

Tags: Mayo Clinic Arizona, Neurology

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