8 Reasons Mom Or Dad
May Pace Or Walk Constantly
Some individuals with dementia are inclined to pace or walk constantly. There seems to be a certain restlessness to this behavior. Determining the underlying causes and creating a framework for the walking can turn a negative behavior into a positive one.
If you observe restless walking or pacing behavior, start keeping track of when it occurs. See if there are common triggers or events that occur before the walking begins.
Your mom or dad may be walking because of:
A feeling of boredom or a lack of sufficient engaging activity can lead to pacing or restless walking. Look at the structure of the individual’s day and try and include meaningful and engaging activities for them to do. Make sure they have sufficient mentally engaging activities. Consider hiring a cognitive coach for a few sessions a week. Also make sure there is sufficient physical exercise during the week to give them an outlet for pent-up energy.
Have a standby drawer or bag with items to sort or books to look at or color is another way of dealing with boredom. Simple puzzles or games can also spark interest in the individual.