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SUMMER URES T RE ADVE T N S ART HE will alert you when the door or window opens; keep car keys out of sight. Believe it or not, restricting liquids a few hours before bedtime is a good move – you do not want them to be awake when you are asleep. When they sundown they think nighttime is daytime and wanderers have places to go, battles to conquer. Be ready. Have a list of people you can call for help. Enlist neighbors to be on the look-out. Keep a recent close-up photo, updated medical info and a description of physical traits to give to police. Be prepared to answer questions, including but not limited to the following: “Does he/she suffer from delusions or paranoia?” “Is he/ she combative?” “Will he/she recognize the neighborhood?” “Previous residences?” Know if your loved one is right handed or left handed – they tend to wander in the direction of their orientation. Listen and pay attention to what or who he shows fondness for, he may decide to visit these places or people. An ID bracelet would be helpful. Register with MedicAlert+Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return (1 800 625-3780) and/or work with Comfort Zone and Comfort Zone Check-In (1 678 624-5900) which allows you to monitor the where- abouts of a person with dementia remotely using web-based services. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 94% of wanderers are found within 1.5 miles of their home. You may be able to prevent wandering, but if it occurs, just know that this is one of those things that happens, it is not a reflection on your ability to provide care and protect your loved one! 2015 Summer Day Camps MT. MADONNA YMCA TRADITIONAL CAMPS SPECIALTY CAMPS SPORTS CAMPS Discovery • Ages 5-8 Explorer • Ages 8-11 Teen Trek • Ages 11-15 Leader In Training • Ages 12-15 Mad Science: Fizzical Robotics Action Attraction YMCA Master Chef Mine, Craft, Build Mad Science: NASA Ages 5-11 Splish Splash Ice Skating Archery Flag Football Ages 5-11 Field Trips Include: Gilroy Gardens, Raging Waters, Blackberry Farm, Levi’ Stadium/49ers Museum Tour, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Great America, Seacliff Beach and MORE! YMCA Specialty Camps meet the unique interest of your child through YMCA Traditional Camps are designed hands-on discovery and camper creativity. These indoor and outdoor for new and returning campers, camps provide specialized, theme- who are looking for an extraordinary based activities designed to inspire outdoor camp experience. Curriculum your child’s wonder and interest in the and activities are developmentally appropriate within specific age groups. world around them. YMCA Sports Camps require no prior experience and focus on teaching new physical skills, as well as building character and confidence. REGISTER TODAY mtmadonnaymca.org 408 762 6000 Financial Assistance Available GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY! THRIFT SHOP 381-B First Street, Gilroy, CA 95020 Phone: 408.842.1434 Hours: 10am to 8pm TUE-SAT OneToAnotherThrift@gmail.com | onetoanotherthrift.com Proud to be your recycling and garbage service provider 1351 Pacheco Pass Hwy Gilroy, CA 95020 (408) 842-3358 Remember to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Proudly Employee Owned www.RecologySouthValley.com G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E MAY / JUNE 2015 gmhtoday.com 77