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According to the New York Times, more than half of dementia patients will wander at least once during their lives. And since dementia impacts about half of the population over the age of 85, this is a growing problem in our aging society.

Wandering puts our elderly at severe risk. Some could be the victims of crimes or accidents, while others could suffer from harsh elements like cold and rain, and become dehydrated and malnourished. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that an elderly person not found within 24 hours has about a 50% chance of serious injury or death while wandering. That is why it is so important that we put a program in place to help discover missing seniors more quickly. The first several hours are the most vital to ensuring the individual will be returned safely to his or her family.

A nationwide "Silver Alert" program is the answer to this issue. The system uses the public's help to find missing elderly people in the same way that Amber Alerts ask citizens to help find missing children. "Crowdsourcing" this crisis out to members of the community at large means bringing people home faster, before they run into trouble.

The "Silver Alert" program already exists and works well in the areas where it is used. However, for this to be a truly effective program, it needs to be in place nationwide.

Sign below to tell the Department of Justice that we need a "Silver Alert" program to be implemented across the entire United States.

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Dear Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs,

Every day, elderly people wander away from home. Far too many of them are not found until it is too late. It is vital that we do everything in our power to ensure that we discover missing elderly persons before the 24-hour marker, when their chances of serious injury or death begins to skyrocket.

It is time to protect one of our most vulnerable demographics — elderly people prone to wandering due to a health condition — from the frightening, painful, and sometimes deadly situations they face when they cannot find their way back home.

All elderly people should have a program like this on their side, and all citizens should have access to tools they can use to help the elderly. I demand the "Silver Alert" program be implemented throughout our nation to protect seniors from harm to the best of our ability.


Petition Signatures

Feb 25, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 23, 2018 sara Elkins
Feb 20, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Feb 13, 2018 Maggie Alk
Feb 5, 2018 Kimberley Clack
Feb 5, 2018 Elaine Heathcoat
Feb 5, 2018 Sue Jackson
Feb 5, 2018 Russell Jackson
Feb 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2018 McKayla Murphy
Feb 1, 2018 Ashley Waller
Feb 1, 2018 Margaret Douglass
Jan 31, 2018 (Name not displayed) Alzheimer’s is serious desease. This program would help the family’s locate their lost loved one that is battling Dementia & Alzheimer’s to bring them home fast & safe..
Jan 31, 2018 (Name not displayed) Much needed program!
Jan 31, 2018 charla fletcher
Jan 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 31, 2018 Brenda Tingley
Jan 31, 2018 Joan Dahn
Jan 26, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 24, 2018 Susan Jenkins
Jan 21, 2018 Jennifer Terna
Jan 21, 2018 Jerry Rivera My Mother suffered from Alzheimer's for four years, before succumbing to this terrible disease. As a caretaker, having her wander away was our worst fear. Please protect our loved ones who suffer!
Jan 21, 2018 Michael Blevins
Jan 21, 2018 Perlita Schubert
Jan 21, 2018 Valerie Watt Fortunately I never had this issue with my Mom, but I'm sure it can be a very dangerous issue.
Jan 20, 2018 Sandra Angelini
Jan 20, 2018 Nicole Koback Please support the silver alert they are just as important as the Amber alert...When a silver with Alzheimer’s or Dementia is lost they are literally lost.So please support the Silver alert system!!
Jan 20, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 20, 2018 karen stickney
Jan 20, 2018 Janet George
Jan 20, 2018 Jenelle Gordy
Jan 20, 2018 laura pieczynski please help our seniors!
Jan 20, 2018 Carla Childress
Jan 20, 2018 Deana Kelly
Jan 20, 2018 Dorothy Taylor
Jan 20, 2018 Carm stefanovich
Jan 20, 2018 Thomas Johnson Protect our elderly!
Jan 20, 2018 Renee Acord Very important nationwide program needed!
Jan 20, 2018 Tasha Fry
Jan 15, 2018 Vatrina Faudree
Jan 4, 2018 Moira Creel
Dec 29, 2017 Elizabeth MacCanon
Dec 26, 2017 Patricia Hoskins
Dec 18, 2017 Susan Fisher
Dec 13, 2017 Gloria Soto
Dec 2, 2017 robin karlsson
Nov 28, 2017 katherine burt
Nov 19, 2017 Drina Bedoya
Nov 12, 2017 GENE NATALE PLEASE!!!
Nov 10, 2017 Doreen Spenillo

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