The American Silver Alert Coalition was the subject of a recent profile by Considerable.com regarding the growth of Silver Alerts in the United States.
The requirements for a Silver Alert vary from state to state. Wyeth Ruthven, executive director at the American Silver Alert Coalition, told Considerable, “The key differential is the qualifying criteria for an endangered senior or adult. Some states require prior medical documentation of a mental or developmental impairment. Others apply to anyone over the age of 65. Still others apply to any adult of any age.”
Read more at Considerable.com.
The new law makes Utah the 29th state to have a Silver Alert program. Utah previously only had an Endangered Person Advisory.
HB 215 defines “endangered adult” as a person 60 years of age or older with dementia.
The Illinois State Police announced that during 2018 there were 44 Silver Search advisories which led to 43 recoveries. One advisory is still active. By comparison, during 2017 there were 26 advisories.
“We are happy with the increase of the law enforcement community utilizing the resources Silver Search provides. In 2019, we look forward to expanding the reach of the program by continuing to train more first responders than ever before on this life-changing tool,” said Craig Burge, state police missing person coordinator.
“In partnership with the Silver Search Task Force, the Alzheimer’s Association is very proud to have helped reach Illinois residents all across the state with the Silver Search Alerts. The Silver Search Facebook page has reached hundreds of thousands of users and has been a fantastic tool in helping bring people home safely,” Patrick Reedy, Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter Executive Director, said. “Many positive stories have been shared, including one family whose father was found thanks to a Facebook post. “This increased awareness has been the mission of the Silver Search Task Force, which brings agencies and organizations together with the common goal of educating people on Silver Search.
Read more about this story in the La Salle News Tribune.