THIAGO DADALT & KIRK MOODY: "WHERE IS NANCY?" - A First-Hand Account on the Realities of Wandering
Wander (verb) - To walk or move in an aimless way.
Wandering is an all-too-common behavior amongst people with dementia, Autism spectrum disorder, and Down syndrome, and are a huge fear for those concerned for their safety and well-being. A person's failing memory and declining ability to communicate can make it impossible for them to remember or explain the reason they wandered.
In episode 47, Don and I had the honor of speaking with retired Manager, Systems Engineer, *Kirk Moody, and filmmaker, *Thiago Didalt. Kirk's wife was a brilliant aerospace engineer and entrepreneur, top of her class at the USC/Davis and highly respected across the industry, Nancy Paulikas, 55, was tragically diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In 2016, she left to use the restroom at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), never to be seen again.
Kirk led a relentless two-year search that helped to uncover the gaps in the USA's social and health systems and bring about systemic change across L.A. County by forming LA FOUND, an organization that helps caregivers of those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, or other cognitive impairments locate their missing loved ones.
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* Filmmaker, Thiago Dadalt, made the fictionalized Oscar’s qualified short film, “Chocolate”, about a middle-age housewife with early onset Alzheimer’s disease who goes missing in downtown Los Angeles. Ironically, the film led him to direct the documentary about a family’s very real struggle to find missing housewife Nancy Paulikas. “Where is Nancy?” is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit where it is gaining high praise and awards.
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