Alzheimer News - Former Professional Athlete Missing for 20 Hours


Raymond Mathews spent nine season playing football for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1951 to 1959. The 84-year –old western Pennsylvania man who reportedly suffers from dementia went on a walk one afternoon and spent nearly 20 hours in the woods after not returning home. 

According to authorities, he was not immediately found after reports of him walking in nearby Marion Township came in around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday. Wednesday morning search and rescue personnel resumed the search and were able to locate him within 15 minutes. 

 When found, doctors confirmed that Mr. Mathews had developed hypothermia, but expected him to be okay. His wife and family were thankful and relieved for his safe return. 

Lessons Learned: 

  • It is not unusual for there to be a delay in reporting from the Caregivers, as they expect their loved ones to return as they have in the past. 
  • The first 6-12 hours are critical in the successful recovery of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 
  • Delays can be costly-work with caregivers to ensure they understand that you are their #1 resource when their loved one is missing. 


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