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Missing Senior Alert! How to find your senior who has gone missing in Virginia

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Virginia has a Missing Senior Alert system to help locate missing seniors.  The program is based on the same principals as the famous ‘Amber Alert’ for children.  Here are a few key points of the program.

How would a senior’s name be put into the system?

Your senior’s location must be unknown, must be over 60 and suffer some type of impairment – such as being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s.  After some old fashioned police work is completed and the senior is not found, the name will be entered into the missing persons file and then a Missing Senior Alert can be activated.


If you senior is missing, having the following information readily available will help police and others:

1.  Background information on the senior: DOB, Social Security number, and an accurate description including hair style, eye color, identifiable traits or features, also include anything they might have with them such as a walker or cane, or a certain handbag.

2.  If your senior is driving, have their driver’s license number, description of the car (include any stickers, dents and any other noticeable marks on their car), and license plate number. 

3.  Enlist all parties involved with your senior such as caregivers, friends, and visitors – anyone who could help find your senior.  Sometimes the senior maybe having an ‘off’ day where they were speaking about their old home, school, or place of work, and that could indicate where they would have wandered off to.   If possible, have a list of old address and locations that were special to your senior. 

4. A current picture so police and others can recognize your loved one

For more details, visit Virginia's Senior Alert System website.

Category: Elder Neglect

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