Alzheimer’s Disease and Your Community: How the IACP Can Help

By Amanda Burstein, Guest Blogger; Project Manager, Alzheimer’s Initiatives, IACP

Did you know that one in eight people over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease?

Did you know that nearly half of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s disease?

While these numbers are staggering, law enforcement may be surprised how often the issue of Alzheimer’s disease affects their communities.

Sixty percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will wander or become lost, and 70 percent live alone.

It’s not a matter of if your community will be affected by Alzheimer’s; it’s when.

To prepare your department, IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, has created a training program: Responding to Alzheimer’s Disease: Techniques for Law Enforcement and First Responders.

This no-cost training program is dedicated to providing law enforcement and others from the first responder community with the most current Alzheimer’s disease and dementia training available. Scholarships are available to help ensure your department is prepared for when this issue affects your community.

Upcoming training sessions follow:

June 4
Cohosted by the California Police Chiefs Association
Conference and Training Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92623

June 28
Cohosted by the Texas Police Chiefs Association
The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, TX 75024 

For more information and to register, visit the IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives website.

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