There are many standard procedures for finding lost children. From Amber Alert protocols to special kidnapping units of law enforcement agencies, specially trained experts are ready to spring into action if a young child goes missing.
Unfortunately, there are fewer established measures to take when senior citizens who require home care go missing.
In order to increase the chances of finding a lost or kidnapped person, the State of Illinois has instituted The Endangered Missing Person Advisory Program, which is commonly being referred to as the Silver Alert.
"A delayed search can result in the loss of precious time to locate a missing person," Charles D. Johnson, IDoA director, said in a statment. "But starting in January, we will work to implement a system to help locate missing endangered seniors and make recommendations to help families and caregivers know what to do when an older adult with dementia or other illness goes missing."
Seniors who require Alzheimer's care might be especially vulnerable if they wander off unattended. The new laws should enable law enforcement agents to find lost seniors more quickly.