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September 27, 2011

Editorial: Oklahoma Silver Alert Program “Proving its Worth”

by silveralertbill

A recent editorial in the Enid News praised the effectiveness of the Oklahoma Silver Alert program after the safe recovery of a missing 76-year-old woman from Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

This past week, several Silver Alerts have been issued for Oklahoma senior or elderly residents. The public notification system is proving its worth.

Locally, a Kingfisher woman was found in Arkansas after she didn’t show up for a doctor’s appointment in Oklahoma City.

She apparently became disoriented when driving, but continued to drive across the state until she ran out of gas. She was found and returned home to her family.

A Silver Alert broadcasts information abut missing persons, primarily seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other mental disabilities.

The Oklahoma Legislature approved the Silver Alerts in 2009. More and more states are issuing similar programs.

The editorial also highlighted the serious issues surrounding missing seniors:

This system has been very helpful in reuniting missing loved ones with their families. The growing elderly population in the United States makes the Silver Alerts more and more necessary.

It is true a high number of dementia sufferers will wander away at least once. When that happens, families become distressed.

It is critical these folks be found within 24 hours because they are susceptible to injury or death.

Fortunately, most of the Silver Alerts result in the elderly person being found.

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