Offering dementia patients and families a new level of safety is a team effort

Alzheimer's Society and Sarnia Police Service will host registration, information session on Saturday, June 8

Inspector Jeff Hodgson, left, is pictured with Melanie Bouck, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton, and Constable Chris Noordam, who plays a key role in the registration process for those with dementia. An event this Saturday, June 8 is designed to help police respond quickly to a missing person emergency.

Anyone who has a loved one with dementia and has experienced that individual “wandering off” can understand how terrifying that situation can be.

For the Sarnia Police Service, responding in a prompt and efficient manner to finding a missing person is one of their ongoing priorities.

With that in mind, a continuing partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton and the Sarnia Police Service includes a “Living Safely with Dementia: Registration Day” that will take place this Saturday, June 8, at the Sarnia Police Station, located at 555 Christina Street N., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the event, caregivers are asked to bring a current photo of their loved one along with proper identification and health information.

“Our hope is for those with dementia to live well and safely within our community,” said Inspector Jeff Hodgson.

As part of the strategy to make that happen, members of the Sarnia Police Service, including Constable Chris Noordam, will be assisting in a registration process that is designed to speed up the process of locating a person with dementia if they happen to “lose their way.”

As part of the identification form, those who care for someone with dementia are reminded that “when someone with dementia goes missing, it’s an emergency. Call 9-1-1.”

There is also a spot for a list of potential places to look for a missing person, including a previous place of employment, favourite stores, or a nearby mall, just to name a few.

People in the community who may not be caregivers are encouraged to keep an eye out for people who may, in fact, be “lost.”

The “Finding Your Way” is an initiative that has been developed by the Alzheimer Society Ontario.

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