Backers of an alert system to help police and families find lost elders will push for legislation this winter.
Legislators, local police and advocates for Alzheimer's patients met Thursday at the Auburn police station to discuss creating a Silver Alert system for Maine. Modeled after the Amber Alert system that helps locate abducted children, a Silver Alert would help find disoriented elders who have wandered away from home.
"This problem occurs way more than people think," said Kathryn Pears, programs and public policy director for the Alzheimer's Association. Pears is helping to draft a bill to establish a statewide alert system. She hopes it will go before legislators in January.
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