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Silver Alert Program


November 1, 2018

Silver Alert is a life-saving program in Wisconsin for individuals who are sixty years of age and older living with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, or another cognitive impairment. Individuals living with one of these conditions may have instances when they walk or drive away from home and get lost. If an individual with dementia goes missing, a Silver Alert can be issued to the public throughout the state to help locate them. Family or loved ones of someone with dementia can contact local law enforcement to suggest that a Silver Alert be pursued.

If the following criteria are met, an alert can be issued: The individual missing is 60 years of age or older; They have dementia or another cognitive impairment; The disappearance is likely due to their dementia or cognitive impairment; A request is made within 72 hours of the individual going missing; Sufficient information is available about the individual to help the public identify them.

If you have a family member or loved one with dementia, it is important and helpful to have identifying information about them on hand. It is hard to recall or find the information in times of stress. Here are some suggestions of information to have on hand: Clear and current photo; Description (including identifying stickers or markings) and photo of the vehicle; License plate number; Last seen location of the individual; What he or she was wearing; Where the missing individual has lived, worked, or frequently visits; His or her interests and hobbies; Medical history.

Anyone can subscribe to receive Silver Alerts via text, email, or fax by signing up at


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