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05.01.07

Silver Alert System

A child goes missing and an Amber Alert is issued. Soon the same alert could be issued for missing senior citizens.

Texas legislatures have passed a bill that would create a Silver Alert system. It would inform you when older people with mental impairments get lost.

Around 900 senior citizens are reported missing in Texas each year. Many who have alzheimer's or dementia. That's why legislators are pushing for the Silver Alert.

It would work much like the current Amber Alert System for missing children by helping to locate these people before they are harmed.

"It is awesome. Something needed, as population gets older especially in the Panhandle very definitely a big help," says Ken Branum, Director of Alzheimer's Association. Branum says there are about 15,000 families in the Panhandle affected by Alzheimer's or Dementia.

The bill now heads to Governor Rick Perry. If he signs it into law, the Silver Alert system will go in effect starting September of this year. 
  

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