Alzheimer's Program

About Alzheimer's
Most of us have known someone with, or directly affected by Alzheimer's disease. The degenerative brain disorder strikes more that four million Americans each year, and as our population ages, that number is expected to rise dramatically. Today Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting 10% of people 65 years old, and nearly 50% of those age 85 or older.

Symptoms
Alzheimer's disease usually begins gradually, causing a person to forget recent events and to have difficulty performing familiar tasks. The disease attacks brain neurons or nerve cells, progressively interfering with a person's emotions, movement coordination, and memory. Simple tasks become increasingly difficult; familiar faces become those of strangers. This dementia robs victims of their relationships and their self-sufficiency, and often, loved ones feel it is devastation just as strongly. Communication becomes difficult as the person struggles to find words, finish thoughts, or follow directions.

Impact
Eventually, a person with Alzheimer's become totally unable to care for themselves. The burden on the family and loved ones becomes almost unbearable, and when a crisis arises with an Alzheimer's victim the family may not know what to do. This is the most common time when the police are called to step in and assist, whether it's to attempt to calm a victim down or locate a victim that's wandered away.

Central Marin Police Authority's Alzheimer's Program
The Central Marin Police Authority has developed a community based program in an attempt to alleviate some of the stress involved surrounding an Alzheimer's victim. The Police Authority will, free of charge, come to a person's home. Once there, the officer will provide information surrounding Alzheimer's. The officer will also provide a data collection sheet and take a digital photograph of the person. The data sheet will be filled out by a family member and returned to the police. This data and photo will be entered into the police database and kept at the police dept.

Implementation
Should a situation arise with a loved one who wanders away, all a family member has to do is contact the police and advise us. The police dept. will already have all the vital and pertinent information needed to properly assist in locating the person. This streamlining alleviates undue stress on the family by not forcing them to attempt to locate the information needed by the police - the police will already have it. Should it be needed, a flyer can be immediately printed and sent to local police jurisdictions.

Privacy
This program is voluntary and strictly confidential. It is in an attempt to give a family member or caregiver one less thing to worry about should a crisis arise. Please rest assured that this is an attempt to put at ease the minds of those people around an Alzheimer's victim who live in our communities.

If you wish to register your loved one or would like more information, please contact the Central Marin Police Authority at (415) 927-5150. Arrangements will be made to accomplish this task as soon as possible.