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January 14, 2012

Louisville Courier-Journal Reviews the Success of Silver Alert Programs in Kentucky and Indiana

by silveralertbill

A recent article in the Louisville Courier-Journal, “Alerts aid in he search for missing Louisville adults,” profiled the use of the Silver Alert program in Indiana and the Golden Alert program in Kentucky to help find missing seniors.

The article points to the aging of the U.S. population as a rationale for Silver Alert:

Ten million baby boomers are expected to develop Alzheimer’s, and 4 million more likely will contract another mental impairment, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Golden Alerts took effect in Kentucky in mid-2008, and Indiana enacted its system, Silver Alerts, in July 2009, joining roughly three dozen other states with similar systems.

The article also notes the efforts to pass federal legislation, such as the National Silver Alert Act.

Advocates are pressuring Congress to pass a federal Silver Alert law, in part to ensure that endangered adults who cross state lines are not missed because of communications lapses among agencies.

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