U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that he is pushing legislation to create a nationwide network for locating missing adults and senior citizens with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other mental impairments. The Silver Alert Act would 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 citizens across the country.
Schumer said today that a nationwide alert network is critical because missing adults can cross state and county lines.
Senator Schumer is sponsoring the National Silver Alert Act (S. 557), which will 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.
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Schumer Pushes for Nationwide Alert System to Locate Missing Adults With Alzheimer's Disease; Almost 22,000 Seniors in Rochester Finger Lakes are Affected