New program to help find missing people with Alzheimer's launched, by Mayor Richard J. Berry | Families
Silver Alert is the new program that has been recently launched by Mayor Richard J. Berry which is aimed to assist the police in finding people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia who go missing.
According to the Silver Alert News release, there are 22, 000 people in New Mexico who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia who could wander off and harm themselves.
With the help of grant money, the Alzheimer's Association and Police Department will provide radio tracking devices to any one who goes missing and has a Silver Alert activated.
The program includes a public notification system that will broadcast the necessary information to help those who are missing under circumstances not conforming to their normal routine or habits.
In addition, the Albuquerque Police Department will utilize a variety of media outlets including: television, radio, electronic billboards, social media, texts and direct phone calls to alert the public.
Mayor Berry stated that caring for our most vulnerable is paramount. He adds, “We have heard about too many tragedies in which people with Alzheimer's disease have wandered off and lost their lives. Had they been quickly found, they could still be with us today.”
Mayor Berry is currently working with the New Mexico Legislature to get a state law passed similar to other states which require the Department of Public Safety to send out an emergency radio broadcast to the media in the event someone with Alzheimer's or dementia goes missing.
Caregivers can register their loved ones and receive a free computer drive that contains three files: a photograph, a law enforcement form and a prepared news release which will be used by police in the event a Silver Alert is activated.
Register by calling the City's Department of Senior Affairs at (505) 764-6400