As a child, I can remember joining my family watching our favorite television shows at night while constantly being interrupted with commercials that asked, "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your child is?"
Now that I am a parent, I can appreciate that question a little better. However, today we are faced with another question that is just as challenging - "Do you know where your aging parents are?"
As the senior population continues to grow with the Baby Boomers entering retirement, we must be proactive in supporting them and their loved ones. In today's society, many of us know of or have parents suffering from Alzheimer' disease, dementia and other disorders.
The Silver Alert program provides a communication network to quickly disseminate information about a missing vulnerable adult in an effort to return them to their residence and/or caretaker. It is very similar to the Amber Alert program for missing children.
Timing is everything, because the survival rate of the missing person is much higher when the adult is located within the first 24 to 48 hours.
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Guest Column: Silver Alert Already Has Proven its Value