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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

May 22, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 22, 2018 Anna Hinnenkamp-Faulk
May 7, 2018 Bonnie Steiger
Apr 28, 2018 Edgar Locklear
Apr 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Kathleen Drury Silver Alert program will be VERY helpful to the elderly and their families and friends.
Apr 25, 2018 Roxanne McCullough
Apr 25, 2018 S.A. Mitchell-Young This is a VERY important program we may all need some day. Lets do everything we can to help save lives.
Apr 25, 2018 Thea Hetzner
Apr 25, 2018 Debby Sprechman
Apr 20, 2018 gail deutsch
Apr 20, 2018 MELISSA GANDEE A 56 year old wandered away from nursing home, before being reported missing a cop gave him a ride, the man was found close to where he was dropped off. Sad part of being found there 2 days later is he was deceased, maybe this would have saved his life!
Apr 20, 2018 Lisa Bedette
Apr 20, 2018 Candace Weaver
Apr 20, 2018 Michelle Haag
Apr 20, 2018 Melissa Rubin
Apr 20, 2018 Lori Lance If we have Amber Alert, there is no reason on this earth that our seniors should not have Silver Alert. If kids have it, our seniors deserve it just as much, but yet, our seniors are treated like throwaway, forgotten citizens, but kids are protected.
Apr 20, 2018 Patty Gamblin Will you offer assistance, so families can get a device, like the GPS on a car, to put on their family member who is at HIGH RISK. Please this can be SOLVED!!!
Apr 20, 2018 SHERRY MATTOCKS much needed because you never know when it could hit your home
Apr 20, 2018 Deb White
Apr 20, 2018 Sandra Bowerman This is a much needed program, and any of us might need it one day - even you!
Apr 20, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Apr 20, 2018 Nancy Palmer
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Angelia Archer Please sign to save a life.
Apr 20, 2018 Cheryl Zinke
Apr 20, 2018 Becky Milward
Apr 20, 2018 R Holt
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please, please implement the Silver Alert nationwide. My mother wandered, for an entire day, but was taken in by a neighbor who cared for her until I came home from work. This could have had an entirely different ending...
Apr 20, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Annette Donnelly
Apr 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2018 Gail Hueting
Apr 20, 2018 Evelyn Leo we will all be elderly one day, and many of us will have dementia. put yourself in the place of someone who wanders off and try to imagine how it would feel to not know how to get home
Apr 20, 2018 Helen Richards
Apr 20, 2018 Marcia Borell So important to get them back home.
Apr 20, 2018 john pivirotto
Apr 20, 2018 christine resch
Apr 20, 2018 Janice Thompson
Apr 20, 2018 Marijke Adams I thought Florida's "Silver Alert" program WAS part of a nationwide program. Please make it be so. If you have had - or can imagine - a loved one who could wander and become lost, you'll know how important this is. Thank you for listening.
Apr 20, 2018 Terri Parker
Apr 20, 2018 Carol Lloyd
Apr 17, 2018 KAREN HUDZIK
Apr 16, 2018 L Dufresne
Apr 16, 2018 Linda Bachman
Apr 15, 2018 Cynthia McHale
Apr 15, 2018 Kate Ravenstein
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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