Golden Alert

Advocates in Kentucky are calling for a system to notify authorties when Alzheimer's victims wander off. The system would be modeled after the Amber Alert system for missing children.

A-A-R-P lobbyist Cathy Allgood Murphy says that last year 14-hundred people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia were reported missing in Kentucky.

State Representative Kathy Stein has proposed legislation to create a Golden Alert system. She says there are instances of seniors wandering off all over the state.

Under state law, police must begin an immediate search for people with the disabilities. The law does not require notification of the public through television, radio and roadside alerts, as happens with children.


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