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Missing elderly woman returns home

Police, family sought public's help in locating 84-year-old woman with dementia

An 84-year-old woman reported missing on Thursday afternoon out of Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood has been found, police said.

Shanti Chattopadhyay, who has dementia, was last seen leaving her family home in the 900 block of Addison Avenue at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday when she went out for a walk. She was wearing a blue, ankle-length dress, has white hair and walks slowly.

She returned home on her own safe and sound at around 10:15 p.m., police said Friday morning.

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Posted by Loura
a resident of Monroe Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Is it possible that there is a connection with the missing 66 year old Wamaitha Kaboga-Miller from the Crescent Park area? 2 woman from the same neighborhood go missing in less than 4 weeks. That sounds a little too coincidental to me.


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Posted by Yes, but . .
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 14, 2018 at 12:13 am

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Posted by SB
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 14, 2018 at 6:34 am

Dementia does not mean complete or even severe loss of memory, nor does it necessarily mean loss of one's sense of self. It's a gradient that might take years to reach a point of concern or of inability to keep oneself safe. Add to that the person themself often is in denial and it's emotionally very difficult for the family to deny a family elder their autonomy. It would be great if everyone with dementia could be accompanied at all times but that's just not realistic. This is the era we are in, and it will continue to surge until the end of baby boomers have reached old age. Improvements are great but in the meantime a little compassion and understanding would be nice.


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