Hawaii Introduces New Silver Alert Legislation
Five members of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Reps. Beth Fukumoto Chang, Lauren Matsumoto, Feki Pouha, Cynthia Thielen, and Gene Ward — have introduced legislation to establish a Silver Alert program in Hawaii to help locate missing seniors.
The new bill, HB 1971, notes that:
The legislature finds that some seniors are at risk of wandering from residences or senior care living facilities due to impaired awareness as a result of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Studies show more than sixty per cent of seniors with such conditions will wander, and if not found within twenty four hours, up to half will suffer serious injury or death. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 14.3 per cent of the population in our State is over the age of sixty-five. Therefore the legislature desires to mirror the success of the Maile Amber alert program for the prompt and safe retrieval of displaced seniors. A majority of states already have such a program in place.