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There’s a common problem faced by Alzheimer's and Dementia patients all over the world: lost in their memories, they sometimes get disoriented, and wander off. When this happens, they can end up far from home and frightened, or even hurt. So what are you supposed to do if your loved one--a parent, a grandparent--begins to wander in this way? Often times the only solution is to lock them up. Which just feels cruel. But what else are you supposed to do if you want to keep them safe? Lulu Miller asks Richard Neureither and Regine Hauch to explain the novel solution used at Benrath Senior Center in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Lulu Miller

Comments [7]

Ruth Ruback

want to share a recent segment and realize I have wanted to on many prior occasions.

Apr. 06 2014 11:44 PM
Thierry

Interesting

Apr. 06 2014 01:09 PM
Sharone Hardesty from Boston, MA

A heart warming solution to a heart wrenching problem globally.

Apr. 05 2014 04:26 PM
John Warshawsky from Washington, D.C.

This is my all-time favorite episode on Radiolab! I listen to it, over and over!

Oct. 28 2013 06:16 PM
ellen h braun

this story about bubble wrap at the bus stop:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/12/06/166685434/what-to-do-when-the-bus-doesn-t-come-and-you-want-to-scream-an-experiment

Dec. 09 2012 08:05 PM
Jennifer Swystun from Sooke BC

I think this is wonderful!
When I feel confused, sad, or caught up it the reality of work etc., I go to nature or meditate.
I believe that's what it's like for these people.

Feb. 05 2012 03:40 PM

I hope one day you do an entire program on Psychodrama. The episode of building the bus stop to nowhere sounded like something Jacob Levy Moreno might have done in the 1930s. It was used a great deal at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC during the late 1960s through the 1980s. I am a certified psychodramatist. That's why I'm interested. One of the most famous people who have used psychodrama in their road to recovery is Tina Fey. She wrote about it in either Time or The New Yorker. Dramatherapy - which sometimes uses aspects of psychodrama - has become very popular now with groups like City at Peace. So, anyway, I loved this episode and would like to see what you do exploring the roots of something like psychodrama.

May. 01 2011 07:15 AM

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