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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Florida’s Silver Alert program marks success thanks to citizens who pay attention

Florida’s Silver Alert program recently activated its 3,000th Silver Alert. Since 2008, Florida’s Silver Alert program has been directly responsible for 286 recoveries of missing senior citizens.

Silver Alerts are activated statewide at the request of local law enforcement after a senior with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia goes missing in a vehicle. Once a Silver Alert is issued, information about the missing senior is communicated to the public through local media outlets, lottery terminals and highway message signs.

Missing persons 60 years of age and older who have irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are eligible for Silver Alert activation. Once the person has been recovered, the Department of Elder Affairs, in coordination with the Area Agencies on Aging and Florida’s Memory Disorder Clinics, work to provide follow-up assistance to the senior.

The Villages and surrounding communities, are particularly reliant on Silver Alerts due to the age of the population.

If you hear about a Silver Alert, pay attention and keep an eye out for the missing person. Do your part to help that individual get back home.

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