Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) establishing comprehensive procedures to locate missing adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia passed the General Assembly and awaits action from the governor.
“Thousands of Illinois baby boomers become senior citizens every year,” Mautino said. “This increases the likelihood that a larger percentage of Illinois residents will suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia.”
Read more in the Illinois Valley News-Tribune.
The city of Taunton, Massachusetts became the 12th municipality in the Bay State to adopt a Silver Alert program to help find missing seniors.
From the article in the Taunton Daily Gazette:
The Silver City is now on board with a statewide pilot program to ensure that people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are quickly located if they somehow wander off by themselves.
A press conference with Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. publicizing Taunton’s participation in the Silver Alert program was held Tuesday at The Arbors assisted-living residential facility on County Street.
On April 30, 2015, a Silver Alert was issued for 53-year-old Ottis McRae. McRae went missing in Norphlet, Arkansas and was later found safe in 80 miles away in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
From the news story at The Magnolia Reporter:
Ottis Daniel McRae, 53, of Norphlet, who had been the subject of an Arkansas “Silver Alert,” has been found safe in the Bossier Parish, LA, jail.
A ground search that had been planned for McRae on Sunday morning in the Norphlet area came to a grinding halt when the Silver Alert was cancelled before dawn.
McRae was believed to have been missing since Monday but it was only since Thursday that the Silver Alert was issued.