A Public Sevice Announcement courtesy of Kelly Jolkowski, Founder, Project Jason.
Aging Persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia: What You Should Know
Article History and Related Information
When researching missing persons in the news on the internet on nearly a daily basis, I began to notice that out of a number of new stories, there would almost always be one or two that was about a missing elderly person, often one with some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Sometimes they would be found quickly and alive, and sometimes not. The resources used by the local authorities and the family, and the speed of the response typically made the difference between having a happy reunion, an unfortunate discovery, or a cold case with a family who waits, not knowing the fate of their missing loved one.
It was these stories, the effected families who sought Project Jason’s assistance, and our own family members who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, who inspired this article, the purpose of which is to give some guidance to these families, and to those who serve them in their time of need. This includes law enforcement (LE) and other assistance organizations. If we can provide information that either prevents a tragic loss or brings about a quick and positive resolution to even one case, that is certainly worth the effect. Life is our most precious commodity, after all.
The information covered includes:
- Preventative measures
- Search and Rescue’s contribution
- Solutions using technology
- Response makes a difference
- Assistance from national and local organizations
- Legislation provides an answer
- Case profiles
This article has been submitted to the trucking magazine Through the Gears to be published in their September 2007 issue. This is a free trucking magazine with a circulation of 150,000 that is distributed at approx. 2,500 locations nationwide, mostly truck stops. You can find it in the free trucker publication area rather than with the paid magazines. (The published article is edited for space considerations.) In the September issue, our featured missing persons, Shirley Hunt and Bryon Freeman’s photos and profiles will also be featured as a part of Project Jason’s 18 Wheel Angel program. We will also have the special 18 Wheel Angels posters uploaded on our site during the month and until Byron and Shirley are found. You can download and print the entire article