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Explaining disease of a missing woman

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Seventy-six year old Cloris Mehman was reported missing from Plainfield Tuesday and authorities say she has Alzheimer's.

Dozens of people have been trying to find her by air, ground and even water. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a short-sleeve shirt.

According to the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter, Alzheimer's is the six leading cause of death in Iowa.

Unfortunately Cloris Mehman is suffering from this disease and has been missing for five days. Taking a closer look of what is it like for someone who has Alzheimer's.

The seventy-six year old is likely confused.

"In her mind she went out to get a gallon of milk or went to go check and get mail and didn't realize how to get back to where she was so that's disorientation of time or place, 'how do I get back to where I need to be?'," said Melissa Pence, Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter.

Where she needs to be, in her home in Plainfield. Likely unsure of how to get back.

"In Cloris's case she is on foot so whether she has walked two miles, five miles, ten miles, now it's been a number of days too and she maybe has thought maybe I have turned around and going back, but she could still be going in the wrong direction," said Pence.

Melissa also says the time Cloris has spent away from home has put her at high risk.

"She is probably really frightened plus her risk factors of being gone this long, probably hasn't eaten or drank in the last few days her clothing maybe wet or soiled as well so her risk factors too of being able to survive are really quite at risk," said Pence.

Imagine this...

"Being in perhaps a crowded auditorium and we are separated from those that we've come to the event with and that thought of searching and looking around and not knowing where that other person may be, we can get a little frightened, we can get confused as well and those perhaps are some of the same feelings that she's experiencing," said Pence.

Melissa Pence reminds people if you see Cloris be sure to be friendly and try to offer her something she may need, this will make her more comfortable and give you time to call the police.

The Bremer County Sheriff reminds people to call immediately if you think you've seen Cloris. If you have any information, please call police.

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