When Wandering Becomes an Issue or What if the Caregiver Has a Medical Emergency

This came up in a support group meeting last week, so I’m reposting information about Medic Alert bracelets that are used to identify an individual with dementia who wanders or if a caregiver has a medical emergency.

The initial reason I got a bracelet for my wife was not her wandering, but what if something happened to me while she was with me. We get into a car accident and I’m unconscious. She wouldn’t have been able to provide any information to emergency responders. So I signed both of us up and we both wear bracelets.

Med AHer bracelet indicates she has a memory issue. Mine indicates I am her caregiver. Both have an 800 number to call and MedicAlert has our medical information and emergency contacts.

There is information on the Alzheimer’s web site and they can be ordered there, although I recommend calling. I ran into problems with the web site when I tried to add my bracelet to the order.


“a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. They provide 24-hour assistance, no matter when or where the person is reported missing”. Go to AlzMedAlert.