We received this email last month and thought it would be good to share with you some of the training we are able to provide to law enforcement.
The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides training throughout the state to Law Enforcement and Emergency Personnel on Alzheimer’s disease, and what to do if a person with dementia wanders and becomes lost. In these training sessions, our staff runs through the vital steps that need to be taken in such situations – and thanks to the training we recently provided to Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, this particular situation ended with a safe return. The Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s followed the protocol we teach in training and as a result, the situation that transpired ran smoother than that it would have had there not been the training sessions prior.
THANK YOU to the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office for acting so swiftly and ensuring the patient with Alzheimer’s made it home safely!
Sent on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 7:58 AM
Last night our deputies had to call the Alzheimer’s hotline-which we would not have known about if it weren’t for your training. Deputy Elder spoke with Olivia at the hotline. Jonathon (Chief) asked that I send you an email and let you know how helpful she was and that without this resource last night’s incident definitely would not have ended so quickly and so well. I wasn’t there but the rundown was that an elderly man had broken down almost an hour from here. Another elderly man tried to help him but they could not get his car to run. So the man that stopped offered to give him a ride not realizing he had Alzheimers. After taking directions from the man for almost an hour the driver stopped at a gas station in our county. By this time he had realized something was wrong. Deputy Jesse Elder and Chief Jonathon Huff responded to the call. After being able to get no information from the man, Jonathon had Jesse call the hotline. The man had an ID but came back clear when run on GCIC. He had a doctor’s appointment card in his wallet from 2010 that he said he was going to. He couldn’t tell them his family names and would forget what they discussed as soon as it happened. Olivia was able to find out the man had been reported missing just 3 hours earlier from Greenville, South Carolina. She contacted the family and had them 3-way call with the deputy. Finally, EMS took him to the hospital where his family came to get him. Jonathon just wanted to let you know what an awesome resource this proved to be and how impressed they were with Olivia. If you’re like us, you don’t always get the praise! Thanks for making sure we are aware of this resource.
Oglethorpe Co Sheriff’s Office