Monday, August 04, 2008

Do you have the Silver Alert Program in your state? Probably not.

I just finished reading an interesting article on The New Old Age blog. The story, When Mom Goes Missing, is about 86 year old Mary Gill Zelter who suffered from the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer's and went missing. Mrs. Zelter, body was found in her submerged car by two fishermen in the Intracoastal Waterway off Clearwater Beach. She apparently mistook a boat ramp for a continuation of the road and drove to her death.

This article points out the need for a national Silver Alert program. Right now only ten states have the program. Sadly, Florida is not one of these state. If you are concerned about this you should consider writing to your state representative and attaching this article or the article from The New Old Age.

I encourage you to read when Mom Goes Missing to learn more about the Silver Alert program and the growing problem with wandering seniors.

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