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Silver Alert Program begins in Wisconsin

Statewide alerts for older adults who go missing

Silver Alert Program begins in Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Silver Alert Program in Wisconsin began on Friday, August 1.

A Silver Alert is a notification program similar to an Amber Alert that helps locate missing children. A Silver Alert is designated to help people who are 60 years of age or older and have Alzheimer's or other cognitive impairment.

Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law in April that allows police throughout the state to use the existing Wisconsin Crime Alert Network to send statewide notices when a senior citizen goes missing.

The law honors Leo and Claire Baeb, an elderly couple who became lost last year during a drive from their home in Townsend to Green Bay for a doctor's appointment. 

"A loved one in my family was lost, and fortunately someone that knew her saw her and was able to help, so having this system in place gives peace of mind, because that won't always happen when there is someone who finds them when they're confused or lost," said Teresa Nuttleman, of the Alzheimer's Association. She is also a collaboration coach with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

More than 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and six in 10 people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease will wander repeatedly, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

About 30 states, have Silver Alert-type systems in place.

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