Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's

(Source: Erika Ferrando / KPLC) (Source: Erika Ferrando / KPLC)

Wandering away from home is a common and dangerous risk for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

It's important to learn how the risk can be mitigated.

Home Instead Senior Care, 622 E. College St., Lake Charles, is a service that assists people who provide in-home care for their loved ones.

They said the most important thing is to keep a constant eye on them and stay informed on what the disease may cause them to do. George Cestia with Home Instead said it helps for them to have a daily routine.

This topic is especially poignant following the tragic incident last week in Sugartown.

The body of Kelly Reeves, 77, was found Saturday afternoon about 5 miles from his home. Reeves, who suffered from dementia, went missing Aug. 6 after he walked away from his home.

"Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, and it was beginning to take away who he was, and he would never have wanted that," said Reeves' wife Vickie. "We know that God took him home in a calm quiet place, in the woods where he loved. Now his family has closure and we just learn to move on."

To learn more about Alzheimer's click HERE.

For information on caring for loved ones at home with Home Instead click HERE.

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