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Title: Missing older persons with dementia — a Hong Kong view
Authors: Lai, CKY 
Chung, JCC
Wong, TKS
Faulkner, LW
Lau, LKP
Keywords: Wandering
Missing Incidents
Search Strategies
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: World Scientific
Source: The Hong Kong journal of social work (香港社會工作學報), 2003, v. 37, no. 2, p. 239-245 How to cite?
Journal: The Hong Kong journal of social work (香港社會工作學報) 
Abstract: This paper reviews missing person incidents that occurred in older persons with dementia reported in local newspapers from 1 January 1999 to 1 May 2002. Ten relevant incidents, two of which happened to the same person, were found in WiseNews, an electronic database of 21 local newspapers. There were four (44%) males and five (56%) females with a mean age of 77 (standard deviation=5). In six (60%) cases, the missing persons eloped from home and four (40%) outside of home. Nine (90%) of the cases required less than a day to three days to locate the missing person. Six (60%) cases resulted in injuries or death due to falls or traffic accidents. It is not uncommon for dementia patients to get lost. Public awareness and understanding of the phenomenon is very important because the survival of missing persons depends on the implementation of timely and effective search and rescue. This analysis confirms the need for a prospective study to further examine the characteristics of missing older adults and missing incidents, as well as the search strategies adopted by caregivers.
ISSN: 0219-2462
EISSN: 2424-7731
DOI: 10.1142/S0219246203000214
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