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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

Sep 14, 2017 Alice sievert
Sep 14, 2017 Laurie Aman
Sep 14, 2017 Yasiu Kruszynski
Sep 14, 2017 Sally Simpson
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed) We as a country need to protect our elderly. There is no excuse!
Sep 14, 2017 Jacqueline Geoffroy
Sep 14, 2017 Charlotte Evans
Sep 14, 2017 Cheri McBride
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Peeke One day we will all be old. If we are that lucky.
Sep 14, 2017 Carrie Bolin
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 Megan Marriner
Sep 14, 2017 Kae Novotny
Sep 14, 2017 Jae McGinley
Sep 14, 2017 Johna Charles A silver alert is just as important as a child abduction
Sep 14, 2017 Wanda Chaney If we are lucky, we will all grow old. With that advanced age, comes possibilities of dementia and/or Alzheimer's. So, thinking ahead, let's make plans that will protect us when we can no longer protect ourselves. Implement the nationwide "Silver Alert".
Sep 14, 2017 Peyton Townes
Sep 14, 2017 Kathleen Scopmeyer Been there, it is like loosing your child. We need all the help we can get. RIP Grandma Schoppy, Dad. Kathy
Sep 14, 2017 Gigi Sholar
Sep 14, 2017 Barbara Head
Sep 14, 2017 Jill Hissom
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2017 Carol McDonald
Sep 14, 2017 bev boykan
Sep 14, 2017 Laura Orsini
Sep 14, 2017 christine burgess
Sep 14, 2017 Mark Lungo
Sep 5, 2017 Ashlee Godin
Sep 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 3, 2017 Catherine C Evans
Aug 31, 2017 Pat Cahill I'm not there yet, but I would sure like this program to be around if I ever do start to wander.
Aug 30, 2017 JoAnn Evans
Aug 30, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2017 (Name not displayed) Do the right thing!
Aug 27, 2017 Diana Fillips
Aug 19, 2017 arianne mccrite
Aug 19, 2017 Bonnie Rotz
Aug 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 19, 2017 juliet textor
Aug 19, 2017 Peggy Elliott
Aug 19, 2017 millie johnson
Aug 19, 2017 Amy Chevalier
Aug 19, 2017 Erik Bjarnar
Aug 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) This would be such a valuable, and easy to implement service.
Aug 19, 2017 Charlotte Dent
Aug 19, 2017 Joseph a. giuffre

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