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Florida's Silver Alert Plan Turned Four Tuesday

Florida’s Silver Alert Plan turned four-years-old Tuesday. It’s similar to an Amber Alert, but instead of missing children, it’s sent out all across the state to help find missing senior citizens mainly suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. And, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Spokesman Keith Kameg says since the program’s existence, it’s benefited hundreds of seniors statewide:

“Since it began, 539 Florida seniors have been located and 68 directly because of the Silver Alert," said Kameg. It basically gets information out to the public, and Florida has a significant senior population. It’s a good thing.”

Seniors currently make up a quarter of the state’s population. Florida’s Silver Alert Plan started because of an executive order issued in October 2008.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.