By Amanda Burstein, guest blogger, Project Manager, Alzheimer’s Initiatives
Did you know that 1 in 8 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease? And, nearly half of people aged 85 or older struggle with it as well? Sixty percent of those who have Alzheimer’s disease will wander, become lost, or go missing multiple times. This impacts law enforcement on calls for service and search and rescue. IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives program, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, have developed new resources to assist law enforcement with finding this special population when they go missing.
An overview of locative technologies—such as GPS or radio frequency technology has just been released. This resource outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each type of technology and gives examples of products that are currently on the market. Used to help law enforcement, this overview can also be used as a resource for caregivers who may be interested in this type of product for their loved one. You can access the document by clicking HERE.
MedicAlert + Alzheimer’s Association’s Safe Return, in collaboration with Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, have created a portal for law enforcement to access their database when someone is found and needs to be identified quickly. This resource can be used when a MedicAlert + Safe Return bracelet is present, or as a preliminary search mechanism to attempt to identify someone who does not remember their name or has been incapacitated without any identifying information on them. You can access the document by clicking HERE.
October 1, 2012, 3:30-5:00 — IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives will host a workshop at IACP 2012 in San Diego in room 11A. This workshop will give an executive-level overview of the full-day training program: Responding to Alzheimer’s Disease: Tips and Techniques for Law Enforcement and First Responders.
October 2, 2012, 11:30-2:30 — MedicAlert Foundation, IACP’s Alzheimer’s Initiatives and the Alzheimer’s Association will host a poster session on October 2, 2012 at IACP 2012 in San Diego in the Ballroom 6 Lobby to provide information about this free resource for law enforcement.
Training Dates: For upcoming training dates, please visit www.theiacp.org/alzheimerstraining.
For more information, tools and resources please visit: www.theiacp.org/alzheimers.