The New York Times recently did an article on missing seniors entitled “With Dementia, Stepping Outside for Fresh Air Can Mean Going Astray.” The article had praise for the Silver Alert program currently operating in New York City.
If there is a silver lining to the silver alert, it is this: they generally end well. They differ from other missing-persons cases in that the missing are not hiding from anyone, and are not being held. They drift toward parks, or to the subway. They are usually found in less than 24 hours, said Lt. Christopher Zimmerman, commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit. There have been more than 50 silver alerts since the program began in New York in 2011, but most cases are closed before reaching Lieutenant Zimmerman’s office.