Last week, Mom enrolled Lyn in the city's new Silver Alert program. Mom did not take Lyn with her and Lyn does not know she is enrolled. Knowing about it may actually confuse and upset her.
The Silver Alert program requirements in New Mexico state the registered person must have dementia or another cognitive impairment. Other states have age requirements in addition to the cognitive impairment requirement. When Mom explained Lyn's situation no one hesitated to enroll her. The program employees were very polite, kind and helpful. They collected Lyn's information and stored it on a jump drive which was given to Mom.
If Lyn wanders off, Mom will call a specific police phone number. An officer comes and uses the jumpdrive to begin the search immediately. After the person is located a bracelet is put on their wrist. Thereafter, the monitored individual is to check in with the police department monthly to be sure the bracelet is still working. The bracelet is used if the individual wanders off again. The police an locate the lost individual the radio transmissions locating the bracelet.
This is a huge relief and assistance to care providers of those with cognitive impairments or dementia. Of the 22,000 dementia patients in just New Mexico, over half will wander off at some point during their care.
Wikipedia - Silver Alert