Last month, a 91-year old man wandered from his home in West Point Grey on a Sunday night, and was found three days later in Burnaby.
Thomas Goundavas likely lost his way because he has dementia. One in six people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of neurodegeneration will wander at least once. Wandering has been linked to stress, fear, searching for someone or something, and attempts to follow old routines. Men are more likely to wander than women.