Start the Silver Alert in BC
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Did you know the Silver Alert does not need a large budget? The same infrastructure and resources currently being used by the Amber Alert can be used for the Silver Alert. It’ll cost the government more and take away resources from Search and Rescue and the RCMP by not having the Silver Alert. Search and Rescue specialize in wilderness searches and do not specialize in urban searches. Currently there isn’t a formalized search group or search strategies in place for missing Alzheimer and dementia patients. Our community is ill equipped to look for Alzheimer and dementia patients, thus we need the Silver Alert!
There are some concerns that the Silver Alert would take away from the Amber Alert and there are also privacy concerns. I think these are preliminary concerns, since this is the first time the Silver Alert has been proposed in B.C. I’m glad the discussion for the Silver Alert has started. Jurisdictions with the Silver Alert program have had the same concerns, but were able to successfully overcome these concerns.
Here’s the hard cold reality…Many Canadian families will be dealing with Alzheimer’s:
•An estimated 500,000 Canadians have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
•1 in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
•In just 5 years, as many as 50% more Canadians and their families could be facing Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
•Within a generation, the number of Canadians with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia will more than double, ranging between 1 and 1.3 million people (Source: Alzheimer's Society of Canada).
•60% of Alzheimer patients do wander.
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