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Scott signs off on Silver Alerts for seniors

By Regan McCarthy

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Tallahassee, FL – Governor Rick Scott signed a bill today instating a Silver Alert program. The project aimed toward reuniting missing seniors with their loved ones works similarly to an amber alert, which is used to help find missing children. Regan McCarthy has more.

Silver Alerts are part of a system created specifically to assist in the recovery of an elderly person with cognitive impairment. It's a program Scott said during his weekly radio address will help to find missing seniors more quickly.

"I was honored to sign into law silver alerts that prevent tragedy when a person with dementia or Alzheimer's disease is missing. Silver Alerts help law enforcement officers find missing seniors who may be in a dangerous situation and safely return them to their loved ones."

The program broadcasts information about missing persons through use of the media and highway message signs. The idea is to inform the public of the situation so they too can help look for the missing person. Scott says already the program has been successfully used.