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August 27, 2011

Florida: Silver Alert proves to be a lifesaver

by silveralertbill

The Florida Silver Alert Program continues to win praise for its ability to find missing seniors.

From the Fort Myers News-Press:

353 [Silver Alerts] went out statewide since the program began in October 2008. Officials involved with the program say it has potentially saved hundreds of lives and its impact is still growing.

The article provides personal examples of the impact Silver Alert can have on the lives of seniors and their loved ones.

In August of last year, Lester Moore left his home to make a delivery, just as he had done for 50 years with Flynt & Doyle, a Fort Myers-based moving company specializing in oversized loads such as houses.

Except that Moore, 85 at the time, no longer worked for Flynt & Doyle.

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he had retired and was living at home on Mitchell Court in Fort Myers, his daughter-in-law Maxine Moore said.

And instead of a truck, Lester was behind the wheel of his 1983 Ford Crown Victoria.
After his family hadn’t heard from him for a few hours, they called law enforcement, which issued a Silver Alert.

Moore was found soon after, at a gas station.

“They found him out there near Bonita Springs,” Maxine said. “He was driving to make a delivery. His mind was telling him that.”

The article also notes the phenomenon of long-distance wandering seniors and the issues of Silver Alerts that cross state lines.

Though many people are found within a few miles of their home, one 80-year-old man drove 940 miles from Tampa to Forest Park, Ohio, in March before being found.

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