City to Start New Initiative to Help Find People with Alzheimer's Who Go Missing
Mayor Berry invites Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers to special event on Feb. 14th
The Albuquerque Police Department, the Department of Senior Affairs, and the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter are launching a new program designed to help find missing people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Click here to view the APD Public Service Announcement.
The program, Silver Alert, is a public notification system that will broadcast information about missing persons who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In the event someone goes missing, the Albuquerque Police Department will utilize a variety of media outlets including: television, radio, electronic billboards, social media and reverse 911 to alert the public.
The city is also providing free computer jump drives to caregivers of people who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia. These jump drives will contain the loved ones information and photograph so if they go missing they can give the device to the responding officers and their information will quickly go out to the media.
Enrollment Fair February 14th
On Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mayor Richard J. Berry is inviting caregivers and people who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia to come to the Barelas Senior Center, 714 Seventh St SW to pick up a computer jump drive. Representatives from the city's Department of Senior Affairs and the Police Department will assist caregivers in putting the information on the jump drive. They will also take a photograph of the loved one. The Police Department will also be hosting a workshop for senior citizens on how they can protect themselves against crime.
The Silver Alert program is a collaborative effort amongst the Police Department, the city's Department of Senior Affairs and Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter.
To enroll a loved one in the Silver Alert program, please schedule an appointment by calling the Senior Information Line, (505) 764-6400.
For more information about the program and the event, please call 311 or visit cabq.gov/silveralert.