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Silver Alert counts on public's help to rescue lost seniors

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Program to rescue seniors counts on public

Silver Alert is a program to help law enforcement officers rescue persons with Alzheimer's or a related disorder who are driving and become lost. This program allows the immediate broadcast of information to the public regarding missing elders with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

The Silver Alert program provides a coordinated response between local and state law enforcement to quickly disseminate important information to citizens so they can assist in the rescue of endangered persons and notify law enforcement with helpful information.

This program is consistent with Amber Alert, the well-known program designed to rescue missing children.

Here are some interesting statistics that make the Silver Alert program of vital importance for Floridians.

• There are 4.3 million Florida residents who are 60 and older.

• There are about 502,000 Alzheimer's cases.

• About 70 percent of persons with dementia are cared for in the home.

If you are traveling on the highway and see a vehicle identified on the digital signboard, call law enforcement immediately and give the location. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle, which could cause the person more confusion or fear. If you have a cell phone and you can follow the vehicle until officers arrive, that would be fine. If you do follow, always abide by all the traffic regulations.

Like Amber Alert, law enforcement takes Silver Alert very seriously. Please help officers with this important tool to help people who are in danger.

Chief Doug Pasley, Kenneth City Police Department

Silver Alert counts on public's help to rescue lost seniors 09/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 5:30am]

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