Alzheimer’s “exit-seeking” behavior at 35,000 feet.
Here’s another blog post that shows up consistently in my website’s stats, almost four years after I first wrote it. It’s still very relevant today.
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At a certain stage during the course of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, a person can exhibit exit-seeking behavior. It is believed that the person exhibiting this behavior is actually trying to get home, or back to a familiar place, or even seeking a feeling of comfort rather than simply trying to escape from their current location.
This “exiting” can take place just about anywhere, even at the person’s own home – resulting in a dangerous scenario where a wandering vulnerable person could easily fall into any number of horrific situations because of their inability to get back to the safety of their home (be it a personal residence or a long-term care facility.) Exiting behavior also takes place in public places such as grocery stores or shopping malls, movie theaters, airports, and yes, even airplanes at 35,000 feet above the ground. This latter scenario happened on a recent flight I…
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2 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s “exit-seeking” behavior at 35,000 feet.”
September 11, 2016 at 9:02 am
Thank you for sharing this, Irene. Great information to know.
September 11, 2016 at 10:17 am
The behaviors exhibited by the female passenger were so disturbing – and by that I mean: disturbing to her. I shudder to imagine what she was thinking and feeling for that lengthy flight.
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