B.C. Debates ‘Silver Alert’ to Quickly Find Missing Seniors
The province of British Columbia is considering implementing a "Silver Alert" program in order to help find missing seniors. The program is very similar to the widely known "Amber Alert" program which uses social media, TV, and radio to help locate missing children. In Ontario a "Silver Advisory" program to locate missing seniors has been in effect since 2011. Several US States have "Silver Alert" programs and the US Senate is currently entertaining a bill that encourages a nationally integrated "Silver Alert" system.
An article written this week by Steve Mertle discussed this issue. With the aging population in both Canada and the USA, there is an increase in the number of dementia suffers. In the aforementioned article by Steve Mertle he states that that studies have shown that more than half of dementia suffers wander from their homes or care facilities at least once.
Programs like the "Silver Alert" can only benefit seniors and our communities.