A new Massachusetts law will help police track disoriented elderly people suffering from serious memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed the so-called “Silver Alert” bill modeled in part after the “Amber Alert” program that enlists the help of the public when a child is reported missing.

The new law would set up a similar emergency communications system whenever a missing senior is reported to any police department in the state.

Patrick said the Silver Alert program helps focus the search efforts of state and local agencies, as well as civilian organizations, when responding to an incident involving an adult with serious memory impairment.

Twenty-seven other states have similar programs.

Additional Information: Silvert Alert

Source: AP (telegram.com)

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