It is estimated that there are currently 150,000 people living with dementia in Sweden. This condition can create major and painful turmoil in both those affected and their loved ones.
Life is rarely the same once someone has been diagnosed with dementia. Many cognitive functions such as orientation capacity, memory and judgement are affected. This is a contributory factor to why many people with advanced dementia often get lost and are reported missing.
Every year, the police carry out at least 300 rescue operations to search for people who have disappeared under such circumstances that there is a danger to their life or health. 24% of those reported as missing each year are people with dementia.
This may sound gloomy, but there are glimmers of hope from solutions that could assist with disappearences and facilitate the search process. Mobile social alarms such as Careium 480 and Careium 450 pave the way for senior citizens to be able to lead an independent and active life for longer. The alarm also increases the chances of being found quickly if the wearer gets lost.
Download our publication about mobile social alarms and how they can provide freedom and safety for older people.
For people living with dementia, active ageing is important. Through an active lifestyle, those with diagnoses can be helped to slow the progression of the disease. Read more about how an active lifestyle can help those living with dementia.