92-year-old Gigi has advanced dementia, meaning her thinking skills and memories are affected. Dementia is a general term that covers many other conditions, Alzheimer’s included.
One day, she left her home unnoticed and got lost wandering in the neighborhood of Franklin Park, New Jersey.
Call it fate or coincidence, an Amazon delivery driver named Wilmar was at the right place, at the right time. He noticed the old lady and her bracelet so he stopped to help her.
“I was delivering and I saw this older lady was walking by. She waved at me, which isn’t an odd occurrence, people wave at you all the time as an Amazon driver. But she was waving at me like something happened,” Wilmar recalls. Concerned, he went to see if everything was OK. “I noticed how she had this wristband on. And it had her name and her information, as well as who to contact.”
Thanks to a medical alert bracelet Gigi was wearing, the driver called her granddaughter, Karen. She was away from the house but she gave him their address and watched on her doorbell camera he brought her home.
Karen was more than thankful for Wilmar’s response.
“I felt that Wilmar went above and beyond. We have that type of a great close-knit community here, that if there’s something that a driver’s going to spot, that’s out of line, he’s going to say, ‘I’m going to make sure that my customers are taken care of, because this doesn’t look right,’” she says adding that it was comforting to her that it was the Amazon driver she knew. ”It made me feel safe that she was taken care of by somebody who’s been to my home, somebody that had a connection to the house and the family.“
Gigi is not the only family member in Karen’s household who has dementia, her father is living with it too. And Karen says they both need 24/7 care, so she is grateful to have any help she can get.
When a loved one with dementia goes missing, the community and modern technology can help play a vital part in bringing them home.
This is the moment we can all say that technology is so beneficial. Had it not been for a medical alert bracelet, who knows what could have happened to this sweet, old lady.
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