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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

Nov 19, 2017 Drina Bedoya
Nov 12, 2017 GENE NATALE PLEASE!!!
Nov 10, 2017 Doreen Spenillo
Nov 8, 2017 Barbara Hrybinczak
Nov 5, 2017 Amber Bishop
Nov 5, 2017 Virginia Mason Silver Alerts need to be a nationwide pogram.
Nov 5, 2017 Cindy Archibald
Nov 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2017 Julie Oxford
Nov 5, 2017 Megan Speight
Nov 5, 2017 Renee Austin
Nov 5, 2017 Jessica Budde
Nov 5, 2017 Michelle Post
Nov 5, 2017 Donna Celli
Nov 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2017 Rose Minasian
Nov 5, 2017 Penelope Carter
Nov 5, 2017 Peggy Keller
Nov 5, 2017 Lisa Gealy
Nov 5, 2017 b plethora
Nov 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2017 jodie flanary
Nov 5, 2017 Dianna Hughes
Nov 2, 2017 Elizabeth Wolff
Oct 31, 2017 Susan W Smith
Oct 29, 2017 clara antillon sargent
Oct 29, 2017 Liz Scherbak
Oct 29, 2017 Patty Langford
Oct 29, 2017 Mary Barket
Oct 29, 2017 Mary Myers
Oct 29, 2017 Michele & James Boley
Oct 29, 2017 Liliane Farb
Oct 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2017 kathy funk
Oct 29, 2017 Joni Mueller No brainer, let's do what we can to help!
Oct 29, 2017 Dina Kovarik This problem will only continue to get worse as the American population ages. We must implement this policy nationwide -- now.
Oct 29, 2017 Theresa Royster Something needs to be done like yesterday. We need to get on this now.
Oct 29, 2017 John W. Rumery Jr This has come to affect me directly I'm sorry to say!
Oct 29, 2017 Diane Wynne
Oct 29, 2017 Beverly Bradshaw
Oct 29, 2017 Kelly Smith
Oct 29, 2017 Lynne Lerner
Oct 29, 2017 Peggy Guyer Any of the seniors that are able to get around, can get lost while they are out. Many times it is critical to find them fast as they take medication and can't miss a dose.
Oct 29, 2017 Christine stead
Oct 29, 2017 Karen Welsh This is scary,please protect those of us who already have been diagnosed with the early stages. So far there is no cure,, so research is imparitive!
Oct 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2017 Dimitra Nisioti
Oct 29, 2017 Mary Davis
Oct 29, 2017 Annicka Chetty
Oct 29, 2017 Patrick Libby

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