Five members of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Reps. Beth Fukumoto Chang, Lauren Matsumoto, Feki Pouha, Cynthia Thielen, and Gene Ward — have introduced legislation to establish a Silver Alert program in Hawaii to help locate missing seniors.
The new bill, HB 1971, notes that:
The legislature finds that some seniors are at risk of wandering from residences or senior care living facilities due to impaired awareness as a result of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Studies show more than sixty per cent of seniors with such conditions will wander, and if not found within twenty four hours, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 14.3 per cent of the population in our State is over the age of sixty-five. Therefore the legislature desires to mirror the success of the Maile Amber alert program for the prompt and safe retrieval of displaced seniors. A majority of states already have such a program in place.
On November 4, 2015, Silver Alert was issued for 95-year-old Albert Van Der Veen. Van Der Veen went missing in Delavan, Wisconsin, was spotted in Evansville, Wisconsin and was later found safe in Illinois, a journey of approximately 65 miles.
From the news story at WMTV-15:
DELAVAN, Wis.— A 95-year-old Delavan man who went missing Wednesday morning has been found safe in Illinois, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The Silver Alert for Albert Van Der Veen was canceled at 8:36 a.m. Thursday.
Posted Wednesday, November 4, 2015–11:49 a.m.
DELAVAN, Wis.–A Silver Alert has been issued for a 95-year-old Delavan man who was spotted in Evansville and is believed to be traveling towards Dane County Wednesday.
Authorities say Albert Van Der Veen left his residence in the city of Delavan around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. He was spotted at a gas station in Evansville at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday. He left the gas station traveling westbound on Highway 14 towards Dane County.
On October 1, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 78-year-old Wayne Kreft. Kreft went missing in Monroe, Wisconsin and was found 170 miles away in Hobart, Indiana.
From the news story at WKOW-TV:
A 78-year old Monroe man who was reported missing late Thursday afternoon was found a few hours later, more than 170-miles away in Indiana.
At about 7:50 p.m, authorities in Hobart, Indiana contacted the Green County sheriff’s department, which had issued a Silver Alert for Wayne P. Kreft about an hour earlier.
Hobart police say Kreft had been in a car crash, but was not hurt.
Authorities contacted Kreft’s family and they will bring him back home.