It’s an unfortunate reality that some 60% of persons suffering from dementia will go missing at some point during their illness.
When that happens, statistics show that of the people who become lost for more than 24 hours, half will suffer significant injury, perhaps even death.
To at least partially address that reality, the Ontario Provincial Police, in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia-Lambton, is creating a Vulnerable Persons Registry, a database that will contain valuable information that can be used to protect those who may be affected.
At an event to take place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 28 (at Petrolia OPP, 4224 Oil Heritage Rd., Petrolia), registrants are invited to bring a recent photograph and be willing to share information that would assist in a potential missing person’s investigation.
Officials say the collected information will be secured and only used in assisting vulnerable persons.