OKLAHOMA – Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir recently attended the Alzheimer’s Association training for law enforcement.
The training is beneficial in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
The training also deals with cases of ‘Silver Alerts’ when a patient suffering with Alzheimer’s or dementia gets in a vehicle and becomes lost.
The Alzheimer’s training also can be given to family members, medical personnel and caregivers to help deal with the effects of Alzheimer’s on the family.
Today, 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65.
They estimate, by 2050, there will upwards of 16 million diagnosed with the disease.
They have a beneficial registration program, which the sheriff feels will help anyone who is dealing with the devastation of the disease.
It will also greatly help law enforcement if your family member ever wanders off or gets in a vehicle.
If they are already registered, there is a 24 emergency hotline, 1-800-625-3780, helping law enforcement reunite the patient with the caregiver much faster.
This is especially effective if the patient is located even before the caregiver realizes they are missing.
There is a nominal initial fee for the registration but, if you cannot afford it, the Alzheimer’s organization has grants to cover the fee.