Floral Park (NY) Dispatch (October 16, 2009): Silver Alert Sytem Will Help Locate Missing Adults With Alzheimer's

Publication Date: 
Fri, 10/16/2009

Senator Charles Schumer is pushing legistation to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens with Alzheimer's, dementia and other mental impairments.

The Silver Alert Act will create a program, modeled after the AMBER Alert, which would provide federal coordination and assistance through the Department of Justice to local and state law enforcement to assist efforts to locate missing senior seniors throughout New York City and across the country. Schumer said a nationwide alert network is critical because missing adults can cross state and county lines.

He is sponsoring the National Silver Alert Act (S.557), which wil encourage and integrate systems throughout the United States to help identify and locate missing seniors with cognitive impairments. The bill will also authorize grants for these organizations. The bill has already passed the House of Representatives.

"When a person with Alzheimer's wanders from his or her home, it can be a truly frightening time for that individual and their family and friends," Schumer said. "Statistics show that with timely notification, the chances of finding a missing person are greatly increased.