Description of Behavior

Wandering or pacing is sometimes referred to as “aimless” walking. This can also refer to restlessness or excessive moving around during the day or evening.

Why behavior might occur

While the behavior wandering appears pointless to the outside viewer, the behavior often has a purpose for the person with dementia. Common reasons a person with dementia wanders are to increase exercise, reduce boredom, to reduce anxiety or confusion about where one is, or attempt to return to a similar place or person, or in search of security or a specific location (ie, bathroom).

Responding to Wandering/ Pacing