A resource for law enforcement agencies to address Alzheimer’s disease as a public safety concern in partnership with the community.
It is currently estimated that more than 5 million people, in the United States alone, are living with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. Over 60 percent of those may wander at some point, and more than 50 percent of those who wander become lost and separated from their loved ones. Having a loved one go missing is very stressful for families and caregivers. Responding to reports of a missing person with Alzheimer’s and conducting searches to locate the person can have a serious impact on law enforcement agency and community resources. If not found quickly, these persons are at high risk of serious injury or even death. In addition, law enforcement officers may not be trained or equipped to handle the special needs of those with Alzheimer’s and interact appropriately with the person once they are found.
This site is designed to provide law enforcement, family members, caregivers, and communities with access to a variety of resources to help them collaborate to protect those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and to prevent wandering. Also included is information on effective ways to interact with persons with Alzheimer’s and, if needed, protocols and best practices on searching for and locating those who are reported missing.