ISP Launches Alzheimers Awareness Campaign
Program Is To Help Find Those With Alzheimers or Dementia That Have Gone Missing
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The Illinois State Police is launching a new awareness campaign about its Silver Search Program for Alzheimer's patients.

Silver Search is an alert system for people with Alzheimers or dementia that have gone missing, much like an Amber Alert for kids. State Police Spokesman Craig Burge says they will use several resources to spread the word if an Alzheimers patient is missing.

"We are going to utilize the hundreds of digital message signs across our interstates and tollways. This will provide motorists with the description of the vehicle and the license plate information so that they in turn can be the eyes and ears of law enforcement."

Acting Lottery Director Greg Smith says the Illinois Lottery will also help out.

"During the Silver Search Advisory the Illinois Lottery will send an immediate message and pictures where available to approximately 7500 retail locations throughout the state. The in-store monitors will feature the repeating advisory message for 20 seconds every 60-90 seconds until the alert is canceled."

The announcements will also be made on radio and TV.

The State Police say more than 220,000 people are living with Alzheimers in Illinois. More details about the program are available at silversearchillinois.org.

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