Justice department releases videos to help police find lost people with Alzheimer's

Videos created by department, international police chief, Alzheimer's groups

WASHINGTON — More than half of the estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are at risk of wandering and becoming lost, according to the National Institute on Aging, a figure that has prompted the federal government to develop a series of training videos for police.

The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance announced Monday the release of training videos for helping police and aiding missing people with dementia, created in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Alzheimer's Association and MedicAlert. The videos are available for free download at the IACP's website.

"If an individual with Alzheimer's disease or dementia wanders and becomes lost and is registered with the MedicAlert+Alzheimer's Association Safe Return program, law enforcement can now easily access information to help reunite the person with loved ones," bureau director Denise O'Donnell said.

 

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