City to Start Making Home Visits to Sign up People to the Silver Alert Program
Albuquerque - Mayor Richard J. Berry announced Monday that the Department of Senior Affairs will start making home visits to people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to sign them up for the Silver Alert Program.
On Feb. 14, Mayor Berry invited people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers to the Barelas Senior Center to register. After registering, caregivers left with a free computer jump drive that contained all of their loved one’s information on it as well as a photograph. The jump drives will be used by police in the event a Silver Alert is activated. Forty-Two people registered at the Barelas event.
Several caregivers who were not able to make the event have already called inquiring how they can get their loved one signed up. Senior Affairs and Albuquerque police staff will also be making visits to nursing homes and hosting more events. People interested in registering should call the city’s Department of Senior Affairs at 764-6400. So far about a dozen people have called wanting to schedule appointments to either sign up at Barelas or have an in-home visit.
"We had a great turnout for our event at Barelas," Mayor Berry said. "But we are not done. There are so many people who suffer from Alzhimer’s disease that didn’t get a chance to sign up or were unable to make the event."
Silver Alert, is a public notification system that will broadcast information about missing persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In the event someone goes missing, the Albuquerque Police Department will utilize a variety of media outlets including: television, radio, electronic billboards, social media and direct phone calls to alert the public.
The Albuquerque Police Department, the City’s Department of Senior Affairs, and the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter started working on the program three months ago.
Silver Alerts are only activated if the missing person is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or is over 60 years. The person’s whereabouts must also be unknown and he or she must be missing under circumstances not conforming to their normal routine or habits and may be in need of assistance or intervention.