Alzheimer’s/Endangered Person’s Registration
The Dennis Police Department in cooperation with the Dennis Council on Aging, have developed the Town of Dennis Alzheimer’s/Endangered Person’s Registration in order to help improve the response time when a person with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia is reported missing.
This registration is part of the Town of Dennis efforts to implement the Massachusetts Silver Alert Community Response System on a local level. The Massachusetts Silver Alert Law outlines a set of procedures and communications protocols among state and local public safety and human service agencies. This information helps to identify people with dementia or other cognitive impairment who have wandered or become lost and return them safely to their homes.
“Over sixty percent of people with Alzheimer’s or a related disorder will wander,” said Dennis Police Victim Services Coordinator Deborah Thompson. “Any family that is directly affected by dementia or other cognitive impairment should consider this registration. Very few families expect a family member to go missing until it happens for the first time.”
Collecting this information before an incident occurs enables the police department to begin search procedures immediately. The collection of data after the person has already gone missing can delay an effective search for an hour or more.
“When searching for a person with dementia, every minute is crucial,” said Deborah Thompson. “Over half of all wanderers who are not found within the first 24 hours suffer serious injury or worse.”
Town of Dennis residents with a loved one with a serious cognitive impairment are encouraged to pick up a registration form at the Dennis Police Department or the Dennis Council on Aging. For further information please contact the Victim Services Department.