DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband has Alzheimer's disease. Last week he left the house, and it took us hours to find him. How can I prevent him from wandering again?
DEAR READER: One of the most dangerous and distressing symptoms of Alzheimer's is wandering. It may seem unfathomable that a person might suddenly get up at night to go to the post office, or leave home at any hour for no apparent reason. The inability to control wandering is what often drives families to decide to place a loved one in a nursing home.