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Initiative launched for families of Alzheimer's patients

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When officers respond to a missing person's report, it is becoming too familiar that the missing person is suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia-related diseases, so the International Chiefs of Police have launched the IACP's Alzheimer's Initiative to help with awareness.

The initiative works to prepare family members of those who have Alzheimer's or dementia-type diseases in case they go missing.

The IACP Alzheimer's Initiative is for both officers and families or care takers that take care of someone suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia. Experts have said that 60 percent of people with Alzheimer's will wander, get lost, or go missing on more than one occasion and Glendale police want to be prepared to help.

The Glendale Police Department has put together a list for anyone who has a family member with Alzheimer's or dementia-type disease that will help them if they go missing. Officers ask that you have the following information available:

  • Recent photographs, preferably digital
  • Information on co-existing medical conditions and required medications
  • Always take note to what your loved one is wearing every day
  • What are their limitations physically and mentally?
  • Do they know their name, phone number and/or address?
  • Do they have a locative technology system or Medic-Alert type bracelet?
  • What is the person's general daily routine?
  • Where do they like to visit (their favorite places to go or favorite restaurant)?
  • Do they have a fear of crowds, strangers, etc.?
  • Have they gone missing before and where were they located?

For more information on the IACP's Alzheimer's Initiatives you can visit http://www.theiacp.org/alzheimers.

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