Elderly woman with dementia found 4 miles from her home at 2am


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — An East Windsor police officer spotted an elderly woman walking outside at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning and quickly discovered she had dementia and wandered away from her home.

The officer, identified as Sergeant Gonsalves, was traveling on North Road when he spotted the older woman. She was walking on the side of the road in the area of ​​Kement Construction.

Out of concern, sergeant. Gonsalves approached the woman and quickly deduced that she was disoriented. According to Sgt. Gonsalves, she could only remember his name.

Officers were able to find his residence by searching for his name in a sharing network. They discovered that she was residing in Enfield, not East Windsor, and that her home was nearly four miles away.

Enfield Police Department responded to the address given. Her husband confirmed that she suffered from dementia and had accidentally wandered off at night.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six out of ten people with dementia wander. News 8 recently spoke to a care coordinator about how to help a loved one and prevent this from happening.

The East Windsor Police Department recommends that someone with dementia wear a necklace or bracelet with identifiable information, as it can serve as a resource for law enforcement or a good Samaritan when wandering.

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