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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

Aug 7, 2018 Dorothée MULHAUSEN
Aug 4, 2018 Patt Geyler For me and all the older but better folks out there...We need this!
Aug 4, 2018 Allene Barrett
Aug 3, 2018 Wendy Maltonic
Aug 2, 2018 Gaya Covington
Aug 2, 2018 Diana Dupree
Jul 21, 2018 Christine Iadeluca
Jul 20, 2018 Rev. Dr. Yvonne Ray
Jul 20, 2018 Dvonna Riggs
Jul 20, 2018 Robin Payne
Jul 2, 2018 Jodi Brito My grandpa has Alzheimer's and has wondered many times while he lived at home. Very scary how often this happens. What a great idea! Even if it helps 1 family, it's worth putting into affect!
Jun 27, 2018 vasilique mountzouris
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need the Silver Alert in action now to save our loved ones that wander away from home, to help protect them, and bring them home safely!
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Kathleen Corby
Jun 12, 2018 Jeane Casey
Jun 12, 2018 Wendy Farias My Mother has Alzheimer's and I always worry about her wandering.
Jun 12, 2018 Virginia Douglas
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Mary Fields
Jun 12, 2018 robert butland
Jun 12, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Tiffany Ellis
Jun 12, 2018 Dianna Johnson
Jun 12, 2018 Janet Sherritt
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Long overdue!
Jun 12, 2018 Janet Demorest
Jun 12, 2018 Joyce Davis
Jun 12, 2018 Karen Bray
Jun 12, 2018 Margaret Erickson
Jun 12, 2018 Rosie Bermudez
Jun 12, 2018 Bill Testerman
Jun 12, 2018 Jennifer Johnson
Jun 12, 2018 Carolyn Briggs
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2018 Lourdes Guzman
Jun 12, 2018 Jamie Hudgins
Jun 12, 2018 Barbara Greene-Treloggen
Jun 12, 2018 Kim Perez
Jun 12, 2018 Chrissie Boone
Jun 12, 2018 Paula Roddy help them find their way home safe if they are lost
Jun 12, 2018 Shani Terblanche
Jun 12, 2018 Heather Stevens
Jun 12, 2018 Patricia Iacone
Jun 12, 2018 Famke Holsbergen
Jun 12, 2018 Caryl McIntire Edwards
Jun 9, 2018 Lisa Hayes
Jun 8, 2018 Michael Crowden

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